Bay Area Skeptics

The San Francisco Bay Area's skeptical organization since 1982

Weathering It with the SciSchmooze

from the desk of Herb Masters

Greetings Science Fans,

I hope this finds you comfortable.  Unfortunately, that might not be best for all of us!  Some items to ruminate on…  The weather is looking awfully dry and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of optimism about some rain in the near future.  You may remember that Antarctica set a record for temperature last week.  Well… That record isn’t the record anymore!  CO2 is certainly getting a lot of attention lately.  The amount of global climate change attributable to it only makes the data look bleaker.  Have you noticed the trees and flowers seem to be acting like its spring already?  When one natural cycle falls out of sync with another.  Last fall were you thinking about what winter might bring

Culture and science are fully dependent on each other.  Sometimes we are unaware or forget how the “lens of culture” can affect how we see them.  Here’s an interesting article that seems really appropriate for this month… History’s Treatment of Black Inventors Has Evolved.

I have to admit that looking at what is coming up in the next week is a lot like looking at a menu in a restaurant that has “too much to offer”!  I hate having to choose between too many good things.  My choices are subject to change but here are some interesting things that catch my attention now.

  1. Commercial Mushroom Farming – Nature and Nurture  Tue 7:00 San Francisco
  2. Wonderfest: The Most Famous Equation  Wed 7:00 Campbell
  3. The History & Mystery of the Refuge and the Bay  Sat 1:00 Alviso

I know that many of you weren’t on planet in 1968/1969 but I’ll bet you heard of two big things that happened then.  Humans walked on the moon for the first time ever in 1969 and in 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey was launched upon the world!
Science!  You just can’t avoid it!

Go ahead, learn some new science stuff this week!
herb masters

“The phrase ‘nature and nurture’ is a convenient jingle of words, for it separates under two distinct heads the innumerable elements of which personality is composed. Nature is all that a man brings with himself into the world; nurture is every influence without that affects him after his birth.”  Sir Francis Galton

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