A bunch of interesting reading
Sorry for a bit of delay between posts. Have been too busy with study/work/touch football (I have 4 nights of touch this week :/).
Anyway here are the favourite things I’ve read lately;
Christopher Hitchens rightly has a massive swing at the Republican’s strong anti-science platform. Anti-science seems to be all the rage these days. In fact just recently the Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett dismissed what actually amounts to over 400 peer reviewed scientific journal articles that show that logging forests reduces their carbon carrying capacity as “bullshit.” In doing so he ensured that I will never vote for him any higher than just above the religious political parties. It’s also interesting to note Bartlett’s view that emissions from forestry are not a big deal because they represent such a small portion of global emissions. The same can be said for every single persons individual emmisions, all of us make an almost insignificant impact on global warming, and it’s only when you add up all those almost insignificant impacts that you end up with a very significant impact. People in Qatar (the country with the highest per capita emissions) emit 0.0000002% of annual global emissions. Using Bartlett’s logic they don’t need to bother doing anything about climate change either – and everybody in the world emit even less than them.
There is a good article about Richard Dawkins here. He addresses some criticisms well and demonstrates that he’s a funny guy too (although anybody who reads his stuff would know that already :P).
Speaking of religion, there’s a interesting, but heavier, essay about it from Pascal Boyer in Nature. Definitely worth a read.