Emerging technology: knowledge and opinion

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week eight is below. …

Health, ingenuity and ‘the American way of life’: how should we talk about climate?

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week seven is below. …

Can the climate change consensus really sway public opinion?

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week six is below. …

Fish wrappers and encyclopedias: how can we fix newspapers’ update problem?

There is so much to love in Craig Silverman and the Tow Center’s new report, “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content” — from the very first sentence. “News organizations are meant to play a critical role in the dissemination of quality, accurate information in society.” Indeed! I feel a bit like that dorky kid who plays Dungeons …

Galapagos: Buccaneer Cove, Playa Espumilla, Rabida Island

Day 9: Another morning, another stunning backdrop of cliffs and tuffs. We took a dinghy ride along the rock face of Santiago Island's Buccaneer Cove, whose striations were formed by successive volcanic eruptions, combined with the effects of waves and salt. We saw cormorants, swallow-tailed gulls (including a very hungry, continually chirping youngster, almost as big …

Galapagos: Isabela Island

  Day 6: Today we had one long excursion, instead of the usual morning and afternoon trips. We set out by dinghy to our first port of call on Isabella Island: Puerto Villamil. Upon arrival, I was immediately captivated by penguins swimming and somersaulting in the harbor, and by huge marine iguanas, perhaps four feet long …