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Thomas J Nevins
Planet Earth
Cultural Anthropologist
Interests: religion, science, climate change, political language
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The Power of Theory In Science Check out the comments to Ethan Siegel's post discussing the meanings of the word theory as it is used in popular and scientific contexts. By comment 6 someone has rejected the Big Bang cosmological model, and by comment 12 someone has weighed in against the anthropogenic global warming model. The next commenter even cites Siegel's post as invalidating climate change arguments. Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 18, 2011 at Rhetoric on the Borderlands of Science
The Minnesota Senate's loudest voice against climate change, it's chief denialist, is a Republican (of course) named Michael Jungbauer. via scienceblogs.com Hilarious post from the always interesting PZ Meyers. Prominent and/or outspoken climate change denialists often claim science while denouncing it, and Jungbauer is no exception. Scrolling down to the comments Moggie asks why "must Christians create parallel, Christian versions of everything?" Why indeed. Putting on my anthropologist's hat for a moment, I suggest the we need to be able to answer Moggie's question before we can adequately deal with denialists. Denialism isn't just about rejecting science or being ignorant... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 18, 2011 at Rhetoric on the Borderlands of Science
Various circumstance led me to put my blog aside for the past couple of years, but now, circumstances permitting, I'm back. One recent development is a book proposal that I have started circulating. Like the blog, is an investigation of the climate change debate. More soon! Continue reading
This blog will explore from an anthropological and sociolinguistic perspective the uses made of Science in various political and policy debates. My principle concern is with the climate change debate, however I will be exploring many other issues as well. Continue reading
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Mar 16, 2010
Anyone who has made their way to my little corner of the internet is no doubt already aware that hackers recently broke into the servers of the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia and released some thirteen years of email to the public. Of course, this event has been hailed not as a break-in but as a breakthrough by the community of global warming skeptics and deniers, who alleged to have found in the email records hard evidence of a global warming "conspiracy." A good place to start for those interested in taking a look at what... Continue reading
When this pseudo-scientific “documentary” was first broadcast on British television to an audience of 2.5 million in 2007, real scientists were appalled. The British Antarctic Survey released a statement that “any scientist found to have falsified data in the manner of the [film] would be guilty of serious professional misconduct." via www.huffingtonpost.com OK, life has been complicated over the past two weeks and I haven't yet had a chance to finish my comments on the claims being made in Superfreakonomics. Hopefully I'll be done and post my comments by the weekend. For now I just want to call attention to... Continue reading
RealClimate: An open letter to Steve Levitt The folks from RealClimate respond to Levitt and Dubner's bestselling SuperFreakonomics. Do Levitt and Dubner echo in SuperFreakonomics the kinds of criticisms leveled at climate scientists, Al Gore and the broader environmental movement by the climate change skeptic/denier community? More on this issue in an up-and-coming first in-depth posting. Continue reading
This blog will explore from an anthropological and sociolinguistic perspective the uses made of Science in various political and policy debates. My principle concern is with the climate change debate, however I will be exploring many other issues as well. Continue reading