new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ten questions science should answer

to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the royal society, the guardian is featuring 10 vital questions -- posed by 10 scientists -- that we must answer, if we are to survive and flourish.

here's brian cox's:

can we make a scientific way of thinking all pervasive?

this would be the greatest achievement for science over the coming centuries. i say this because i do not believe that we currently run our world according to evidence-based principles. if we did, we would be investing in an energy manhattan project to quickly develop and deploy clean energy technologies. we would be investing far larger amounts of our GDP in the eradication of diseases such as malaria, and we would be learning to live and work in space – not as an interesting and extravagant sideline, but as an essential part of our long-term survival strategy.

one only has to look at the so-called controversies in areas such as climate science or the vaccination of our children to see that the rationalist project is far from triumphant at the turn of the 21st century – indeed, it is possible to argue that it is under threat. i believe that we will only be able to build a safer, fairer, more prosperous and more peaceful world when a majority of the population understand the methods of science and accept the guidance offered by an evidence-based investigation of the challenges ahead. scientific education must therefore be the foundation upon which our future rests.

9 more here.
via boingboing

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