Thursday, December 21, 2006

AGU Overload

Again there is way too much to write about. Today and tomorrow I will write more about the American Geophysical Union Meeting. In between I will try to squeeze in news about Gamma Ray Bursters. The AGU Meeting has more packed into a week than ten people could see. Tuesday night was a dinner for Planetary Sciences at the (temporary) California Academy of Sciences, where we ate amid dinosaur skeletons and fish tanks. Wednesday morning is a breakfast sponsored by the petroleum industry.

Kea has often expressed her concern about climate change. I met with Scienceblogger Kevin Vranes whose comments on the subject were picked up by blogs as diverse as Island of Doubt and Transterrestrial Musings.

Thursday I saw a lunchtime talk by Al "I used to be the next President" Gore. "There is a greater temptation to ignore inconvenient truths," he said, "to set aside knowledge that might challenge a prevailing policy." He implored scientists to summon the courage to fight back when "important truths are being ignored, resisted or censored." As you may know, yours truly has a habit of challenging prevailing thought and even fighting back.

Here there is a great interest in climate change and zero, zippo, nada interest in "dark energy." One may appear crazy to contradict the prevailing wisdom, but DE has little following outside a tiny scientific community. The majority of people haven't heard of "dark energy" and don't care anyway. Tomorrow we'll see how a better theory applies directly to Earth's climate.


Blogger Kea said...

It sounds like an interesting conference. Now you have us guessing again about black holes and the climate!

9:11 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

That's coming soon. When coming to AGU Meetings it is great to have two lines of research to choose from. I enjoy your posts on warming too.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As I was not indoctrinated into the standard theory at a young age and do not make my living applying it past a certain point, I have no qualms whatsoever about looking at something new. :^D This is not a religion to me! :^D

Query, is Moffat a good place to start with this topic?

7:37 PM  

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