Bay Area Skeptics

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So much Science so little Schmooze 9.10.18

by Herb Masters

Hello Science Fans,

Normally I’d write about some problems with how science is addressed in our communities. This week I want to highlight some end of the season opportunities that are going on as vacations come to an end and kids go back to school. There is a rather large conference going on this week, the Global Climate Action Summit has many well-known and popular people coming to SF. There are many events and presentations for the public that are linked to it… (so many in fact, over 300! that we aren’t listing most of them on our calendar! Granted, a lot are not open to the public.)

Here are a few that I hope to get to and think they might interest you to…
The U.S. premiere of COAL + ICE
Green Film Fest
Gravity of Today: Visions of Tomorrow
BiodiverseCity Summit (Note that this is Mon 9.10 @ 1:00!)
Cooking to Cool the Planet (Note that this is Mon 9.10 @ 6:30)
Tue 9.11 Climate Friendly Cuisine
Tue 9.11 Losing Earth
Wed 9.12 Long View Polar Bear
Wed 9.12 From Field to Fashion
Wed 9.13 Being Human in the Anthropocene
Thu 9.13 The Cost of Coal Film Festival

Here are several articles that I think are worth your attention as well…
How climate change affects young Californians
Farms Are Going Carbon-Neutral—and Cows Are Leading the Way
2020—an Urgent Milestone for the Planet

Needless to say this is a week of many unusual offerings. Of course there are many that aren’t necessarily related to the GCAS. Here are few that look every bit as cool and interesting.

  1. Calaveras Dam Fossils: a Whale of a Tale Tue 7:00 Albany
  2. Innovation and Climate Adaptation In San Francisco Bay Wed 6:00 SF
  3. Climate Change: After Dark Thu 7:00 SF

Sometimes writing this gives me a brain cramp trying to choose just three! So… Hardy Californians: The Life of Lester Rowntree, Human Exploration to Mars: Becoming Interplanetary, Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves, Marine Science Sunday: Sea Otter Spectacular

Other thoughts and ruminations…

I never had kids and I don’t borrow them from others. I do think that we need to let them explore and take risks. Did you experience or try any of these this summer? On raising kids… yours or someone elses! You might also want to consider What adults can learn from kids. (more from Adora.)

Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery
Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness
Have women scientists made greater strides in biology than in physics?
The Nastiest Feud in Science

There’s something really enthralling about how we use gravity (along with explosives) sometimes.
So on that thought, I hope you have a great week exploring the many ways we are learning about this amazing place we call everywhere!

herb masters
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“The history of acceptance of new theories frequently shows the following steps: At first the new idea is treated as pure nonsense, not worth looking at. Then comes a time when a multitude of contradictory objections are raised, such as: the new theory is too fancy, or merely a new terminology; it is not fruitful, or simply wrong. Finally a state is reached when everyone seems to claim that he had always followed this theory. This usually marks the last state before general acceptance.” Kurt Lewin, German-American psychologist (born 9 Sep 1890).

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