Category Archives: Environment

“Religious Right’s Rejection of Science is Baffling,” by David Suzuki

Religion at its best helps humans to form loving, supportive communities, and helps each person to connect to something larger than himself. Religion at its worst separates groups into the “us” that have the Truth, and the “them” that live … Continue reading

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Climate Change Denialism Highlights The Need For Public Education In Basic Science

There are many excellent newspaper and magazine columns (and internet sites and blogs) that publicize the latest research findings in science. They are important because they inform the general public about scientific findings funded by their taxes, and they communicate … Continue reading

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Mathematical Flaw In Caplan’s Exhortation To Have More Kids

I heard a radio interview this morning with Bryan Caplan (a professor of economics at George Mason University), who argues in his recent book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids (which I have not read) that the average person ought … Continue reading

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The Probability of Precipitation: What Does it Mean? Part 2, A New Resource

A while back I posted on this topic, starting with my father-in-law’s quirky (but charming) interpretation of probabilities quoted in weather reports, and continuing to discuss the meaning of probability in the context of weather forecasts. I suggested that someone … Continue reading

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Peering Into An Eagle’s Nest: Raptor Resource Project

I found out about this today, and have been watching the Decorah Eagle Cam here. It’s pleasant to hear baby birds chirping in the background while working, and checking in with them now and then. It’s not for the squeamish, … Continue reading

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The Probability of Precipitation: What Does it Mean?

My father-in-law runs a fruit farm, and made an interesting observation one day about weather prediction: If the weather report says 40% chance of rain, it never rains. If it says 50%, then maybe it rains, maybe not. But if … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences

I grew up in a steel town (see also here) in the 1960s and 1970s. My Dad worked at Atlas Steel, and I was proud to work there for a couple of summers when I was 18 and 19. At … Continue reading

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