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  • I Got Cider in My Ear!

    02/17/2015 5:36:02 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/17/15 | Steve Berman
    One of these days, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, you do not accept this bet because, as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider. So said Sky Masterson, gambler and philosopher, in Guys and Dolls.  Brother Sky was a skeptic.  He believed...
  • Freeman Dyson speaks out about climate science, and fudge

    04/05/2013 10:12:35 PM PDT · by Rocky · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 5, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    Freeman Dyson is a physicist who has been teaching at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since Albert Einstein was there. When Einstein died in 1955, there was an opening for the title of most brilliant physicist on the planet. Dyson has filled it. So when the global-warming movement came along, a lot of people wondered why he didnt come along with it. The reason hes a skeptic is simple, the 89-year-old Dyson said when I phoned him. I think any good scientist ought to be a skeptic, Dyson said. ------------------------------------------------------ Dyson said his skepticism about those computer models...
  • Freeman Dyson: Science on the Rampage

    05/09/2012 10:28:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | April 5, 2012 | Freeman Dyson
    Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything by Margaret Wertheim Walker, 323 pp., $27.00 Pierpont Morgan Library/Art Resource An engraving by William Blake from The Song of Los, 1795 Physics on the Fringe describes work done by amateurs, people rejected by the academic establishment and rejecting orthodox academic beliefs. They are often self-taught and ignorant of higher mathematics. Mathematics is the language spoken by the professionals. The amateurs offer an...
  • "Fermi Bubbles" -- Starry Messages? Searching for Signatures of Interstellar Archaeology

    03/18/2012 7:30:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | March 05, 2012 | 'my weblog'
    "Fermi Bubbles, " which might appear as a void in visible light in spiral galaxies. is the term used by Richard Carrigan at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in his work on the search for cosmic-scale artifacts like Dyson spheres or Kardashev civilizations. A Fermi bubble would grow as the civilization creating it colonized space, according to Carrigan... Searching for signatures of cosmic-scale archaeological artifacts such as Dyson spheres or Kardashev civilizations is an interesting alternative to conventional SETI. Uncovering such an artifact does not require the intentional transmission of a signal on the part of the original civilization... James...
  • Time for a new rigorous Association of Scientists

    02/14/2011 7:19:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 14th, 2011 | Joanne
    Below is the O so apt resignation of Steven J. Welcenbach from the American Chemical Society (ACS). In it he describes how the largest scientific society in the world has become a non-scientific activist group bowing to political pressure and ignoring its members objections. Such is his ire and dismay, he is not only pulling his membership but vows to do all he can to make sure ACS does not receive public money. He suggests that many former members will form a new society that rigorously follows the scientific method (hear hear). Its time to start talking about that new...
  • The Global Warming Heretic [Freeman Dyson]

    03/29/2009 7:29:05 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 698+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 3/28/2009 | Soulskill
    theodp writes "In The Civil Heretic, the NYT Magazine takes a look at how world-renowned scientist Freeman Dyson wound up opposing those who care most about global warming. Since coming out of the closet on global warming, Dyson has found himself described as 'a pompous twit,' 'a blowhard,' and 'a mad scientist.' He argues that climate change has become an obsession for 'a worldwide secular religion' known as environmentalism. Dyson has been particularly dismissive of Al Gore, calling him climate change's chief propagandist and accusing him of relying too heavily on computer-generated climate models and promoting 'lousy science' that's...
  • The Civil Heretic (Freeman Dyson on global warming)

    03/25/2009 1:25:09 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 1,180+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2009 | Nicholas Dawidoff
    ... Lately, however, since coming out of the closet as far as global warming is concerned, as [eminent physicist Freeman] Dyson sometimes puts it, there has been noise all around him. Chat rooms, Web threads, editors letter boxes and Dysons own e-mail queue resonate with a thermal current of invective [...]. Dyson had proposed that whatever inflammations the climate was experiencing might be a good thing because carbon dioxide helps plants of all kinds grow. ... IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO that Dyson began publicly stating his doubts about climate change. Speaking at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the...
  • George Dyson: Let's take a nuclear-powered rocket to Saturn (Project Orion)

    03/16/2009 8:28:20 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 10 replies · 471+ views
    TED ^ | 02/2002 | George Dyson
    Talks George Dyson: Let's take a nuclear-powered rocket to Saturn. About this talk Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insiders perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life. About George Dyson A historian and philosopher of science, George Dyson takes a clear-eyed and deeply researched view of our recent scientific past -- while showing where it may lead us
  • Freeman Dyson Debunks Dire Forecasts on Global Warming and Other Tenets

    11/19/2008 9:46:42 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 12 replies · 810+ views
    http://www.towntopics.com ^ | 11/19/2008 | Ellen Gilbert
    In the absence of audience interruptions Mr. Dyson had and argument anyway with the scores of people like Al Gore who weren`t present to defend their belief in the dire consequence of global warming . ("There`s no accounting for human folly", Mr .Dyson said when asked of Mr.Gore`s Nobel prize.) Saying on a recent trip he and his wife found Greenlanders to be delighted with their warmer climate and increased tourism, Mr.Dyson suggested that representing "local warming by a global average is misleading." In his comments to both the Nassua Club and Labyrinth, he decried the use of computer modeling...
  • Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society [Freeman Dyson chides global warming alarmists]

    08/10/2007 11:44:05 AM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 59 replies · 1,834+ views
    Edge: The Third Culture ^ | 8 Aug 2007 | Freeman Dyson
    HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY [8.8.07]By Freeman DysonFREEMAN DYSON is professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton. His professional interests are in mathematics and astronomy. Among his many books are Disturbing the Universe, Infinite in All Directions Origins of Life, From Eros to Gaia, Imagined Worlds, and The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet. His most recent book, Many Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (Page Barbour Lectures), is being published this month by University of Virgina Press.Freeman Dyson's Edge Bio Page HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY1. The...
  • Global warming science, from a scientist (Freeman Dyson)

    04/17/2007 10:57:28 AM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 50 replies · 1,232+ views
    peoplesarchive.com/ ^ | Freeman Dyson
    Transcripts are clickable on the site too if you dont want to watch. You can read instead. Three interesting clips. This guy is not caught up in the hype over atmospheric CO2. He slams computer models pretty hard. Three short vids. First one should start right away. Select the last two on the dropdown menu on the left. http://www.peoplesarchive.com/browse/movies/1248/en/ 144. Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere: the balance between vegetation and atmosphere [Duration 00:06:33] 145. Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere: global warming and stratospheric cooling [Duration 00:01:27] 146. Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere: conclusions [Duration 00:02:42]
  • Rebel with a Cause: The Optimistic Scientist

    04/10/2007 6:39:53 PM PDT · by ccmay · 9 replies · 443+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 10 April 2007 | Benny Peiser
    Freeman Dyson: My optimism about the long-term survival of life comes mainly from imagining what will happen when life escapes from this planet and becomes adapted to living in vacuum. There is then no real barrier to stop life from spreading through the universe. Hopping from one world to another will be about as easy as hopping from one island in the Pacific to another. And then life will diversify to fill the infinite variety of ecological niches in the universe, as it has done already on this planet. ... Concerning the climate models, I know enough of the details...
  • Project Orion

    04/30/2005 3:48:34 PM PDT · by MRMEAN · 9 replies · 636+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 1/14/05 | George Dyson, reviewed by Sam Dinkin
    If President Bush wants the 51st state to be New Texas on the Moon, he should consider reviving Orion. (credit: Phil Smith courtesy of Sam Dinkin) Revisiting Project Orion by Sam DinkinMonday, January 24, 2005 If you look on Amazon.com for Jeff Bezos’s personal book reviews, the only rocket book you will see is Project Orion. His summary from April 14, 2002 is as follows: For those of us who dream of visiting the outer planets, seeing Saturn’s rings up close without intermediation of telescopes or charge-coupled devices, well, we pretty much *have* to read “Project Orion.” In...