I wrote these two laws down on a scrap of paper years ago. I still have the scrap of paper but not the original reference. Harris's First Law: Belief in the truth of a theory is inversely proportional to the precision of the science. Harris's … [Read more...] about Belief in the Truth of a Theory
"...when people are starving, lacking clean drinking water, getting poisoned from indoor air pollution, and dying from easily curable communicable diseases, they let the environment get ravaged, too. Your solution is to deal with the environment … [Read more...] about Lomborg Debates Pope
"I know of an argument which, although it is almost-unbelievably bad, has not only escaped critism by philosophers, but has received the endorsement of coutless philosophers. I think it is the worst argument in the world..." and so began a note … [Read more...] about Worst Argument in the World
"Most prophets overestimate how much the world would be transformed by social and political change and underestimate the forces of technological change." I read this last night in the new "column of conjecture and speculation" by Stephen Dawson in … [Read more...] about Change
According to ABC Online, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has turned to the Church in its campaign to halt climate change. The ACF has formed an alliance with the National Council of Churches to encourage Christians to write to, or … [Read more...] about Church to Campaign Against Climate Change
What role might Universities play in the "small-p politics" of the environment? This is the subject of a piece in today's The Australian in which I am quoted as saying, academics should foster informed debate but not be "advocates of a particular … [Read more...] about Should Academics Play E-Politics?