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Those of you familiar with Black Swan author Nassim Taleb know he has a formidable mind and an abrasive public persona. It is necessary to separate the two when analyzing his logic, which is what economist/writer Noah Smith does admirably in his Bloomberg column on Taleb’s controversial GMO paper. (More on Smith’s take in a minute.) […]The post “Imbeciles” on Twitter Continue to Distract Nassim Taleb appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
The campaign by Greenpeace and other anti-GMO groups to abolish the position of the European Union’s chief science advisor appears to have succeeded. James Wilsdon, a professor of science and democracy at the UK’s University of Sussex, laments this news in the Guardian, including the odd timing of the announcement: Borrowing a trick from the Jo Moore […]The post A Victory for Anti-GMO Forces and a Blow to Science appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
Below is an open letter from Kevin Folta, a plant scientist at the University of Florida, Gainsville. In recent years, Folta has taken a leading role as an educator on the subject of agricultural biotechnology. He often engages with GMO critics and foes. Folta is a professor in a public institution and his research is […]The post Open Letter to Bill Nye from a Plant Scientist appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
Bill Nye, stalwart defender of evolution and climate science, has a new book out called, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Nye, for those unfamiliar with him, is a popular science communicator. He also relishes verbal debate. In recent years, he’s become known for taking on creationists and climate skeptics. Nye’s reputation as a […]The post Bill Nye Explains Why he is a GMO Skeptic appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
Now that the Republicans control Congress for the next two years, what’s in store for U.S. climate politics? Well, Keystone is the first order of business, and then probably a whole lot of bombast and theater, which many will find unappetizing: Most vocal climate change skeptic in the Senate now runs the Senate’s environmental committee: […]The post Republican Takeover of Senate Will Spotlight Climate Denial appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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