David Appell, writing for the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, observes climate change deniers urging geoengineering as a solution to climate climate change. (Geoengineering is the intentional modification of the atmosphere to change the climate in controlled ways.) They may not think climate change is real, or problematic, but they know how to solve it!
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Happy Day of the Dead!
This week, in the final installment of our month-long Skull-a-thon, I bring a departed human relative.
From Eric Meikle, one of our house anthropologists, a cryptic riddle:
"What beast is this? Only one clue, and IT'S NOT A SLOTH."
As any teacher will attest, engaging a learner, getting them immersed in their own learning, is often half the battle. Climate change poses a particular challenge in this regard.
The history of the “intelligent design” creationist textbook Of Pandas and People is probably known in greater detail than the history of just about any other textbook. Pandas was central to 2005’s Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, and was the first publication to lay out the major themes of the “intelligent design” movement. In the course of the Kitzmiller trial, material from NCSE’s archives led to a subpoena for the early drafts of Pandas, which demonstrated that the textbook started out as an overtly creationist project, and that references to “creationism,” “creationist,” “creator,” and related terms were swapped for “intelligent design,” “design advocates,” “designer,” and so forth. The infamous chart from Barbara Forrest’s testimony in Kitzmiller showed that switcheroo, and featured prominently in Judge Jones’s conclusion that intelligent design is a form of creationism.
The shocking truth is that Scopes was, if not exactly fired, then at least let go. Before the trial in July 1925, as the controversy over the first legal test of Tennessee’s Butler Act was making headlines across the country and around the world, Scopes was asked by school officials to disavow any belief in evolution.
Previously on the Science League of America Minda Berbeco interviewed her colleague Peter Hess. At the center of the interview was a situation that had arisen at the end of a class Minda had taught at Tufts University on evolution, where on the last day the students wanted to talk about the implications of evolution for religious belief.
If the year 2000 didn’t usher in the Apocalypse or devastating computer problems, at least it brought with it a flurry of lists offering to rank the historical figures of the past millennium. So intense was the flurry that I compiled my own list of lists of the most important people or the greatest books or the most significant events (and so on) that included Darwin. In the end, my list included no fewer than seventeen lists, prompting me to comment, in Reports of the NCSE 2000;20(3):40–41, “Millennia end neither with bangs nor with whimpers, neither in fire nor in ice, but with lists.”
The Heartland Institute recently conducted a mass mailing to K-12 and college teachers promoting its new “Climate Change Reconsidered” report. Heartland encouraged teachers to read the summary of the report and “use that work to inform your thinking—and your students—on this important issue.” What is this exactly?
Ever since reading Richard Holmes’s marvelous history The Age of Wonder, I’ve traced the links between poetry and science. While Age of Wonder is a history of British science between the days of Newton and those of Darwin, Holmes had previously written about the poets of that era, such as Shelley and Coleridge (an early member of the British Academy for the Advancement of Science).
Last week on Fossil Friday I gave you a more challenging fossil—or at least the photo was more challenging! Plus it came with a very special riddle.
Dan Phelps was the first to correctly identify the skull. (See the comments section.) Dan gets extra points because apparently he has his own model of the skull at home.
So, who was this past week's Fossil? I turn once again to Eric Meikle for the salient details: