Archive for February, 2009

Today is Darwin Day

Today is a great day for science. Notably today marks the 200th anniversary of evolutionary biologists Charles Darwin’s birthday. (an interesting ironic aside is that another important figure in world history Abraham Lincoln was also born today and Darwin and Lincoln are rumored to be born only hours apart)

And on another front the U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that Vaccines Are not to blame for autism! Scientific research and the scientific method triumphs over woo, pseudoscience, and guessing! Quoting from the article ABC News: Court Says Vaccine Is Not to Blame for Autism:

The judges in the cases said the evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the parents’ claims — and backed years of science that found no risk.

"It was abundantly clear that petitioners’ theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive," the court concluded in one of a trio of cases ruled on Thursday.

Interestingly PBS had a rebroacast of another landmark court case won by science on just the other night with Nova – Judgment Day Intelligent Design on Trial perhaps in honor of Darwin’s birthday week celebration.

Happy Darwin Day to everyone!


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Tonight on CNBC there is a two-hour special entitled House of Cards which, to quote Newsday, is "A remarkably clear overview of the financial debacle that has put us all in this fine mess." While it it scheduled for showing at 8pm 12 am Eastern Time this evening I think I would ‘bet you my house‘ that CNBC will be rebroadcasting it several times in the coming weeks too.

A week or two I also discovered an outstanding program on the finacical crisis entitled The Ascent of Money on PBS which was written and narrated by Harvard professor Niall Ferguson who is the author of the book by the same name entitled The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. While I don’t know about continuing local broadcasts of the program on local PBS channels the entire program is available to watch online on the PBS web site location I linked to above.

Since we can all stand to understand the economic science(s) of the crisis we are in better I think I can highly recommend our viewing both of these programs.

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We get the news yesterday that the "Republicans Cut 500,000 Jobs Out of Stimulus Package"

Brilliantly put from the Economist Dean Baker in The TPM Cafe

"Trying to save money on stimulus, is like finding a short cut for your jogging route. We can do it, but it undermines the whole point of the effort."

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