Happy 201st for Charles Darwin (and Abe Lincoln)

Michael Giberson It’s the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, which means it is Darwin Day! Darwin Day is a recently instituted celebration intended to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwinon February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin’s contribution to science and to promote science in general. Some may believe that Darwin Day … More Happy 201st for Charles Darwin (and Abe Lincoln)

Those leaked emails, and the politicization of climate science

Lynne Kiesling If you have not been following the story of leaked emails and documents from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit after their computers were hacked, Maggie Koerth-Baker’s Boing Boing post provides an overview with lots of supporting links. A couple of good overview stories are from the Economist’s most recent issue … More Those leaked emails, and the politicization of climate science

The wisdom of crowds has no use for predicting the lottery

Michael Giberson English illusionist Derren Brown hosted a live television show last week during which he appeared to have predicted winning lottery numbers.  He subsequently claimed (among other things) that he used the “wisdom of crowds” to generate the prediction. In a follow-up show last night, watched by 3 million people, Brown said he used … More The wisdom of crowds has no use for predicting the lottery