Open Thread – October 9th, 2010

By Razib Khan | October 9, 2010 11:48 am

Fall is upon us. I do not recommend The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism. Too thin. Finally getting to Paul Bloom’s How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. But after hearing him in interviews and reading his articles on the topic over the past six months as he was promoting the book I’m finding that there isn’t that much that’s surprising!

For various reasons I didn’t get a DonorsChoose page up & running this year. But I suggest you check out the science bloggers leaderboard. Anne Jefferson has a summary of what’s going on.

For more general charitable concerns, I suggest checking out GiveWell. Also see their blog.

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  • Michael

    Mr. Khan,

    Here’s some interesting news, and as you have entitled this an “open thread” I thought it might fit here. Or not. I’m not a climatologist, or a physicist, just a science and math teacher in training. Why am I asking you? I don’t really know! I have found you to be one of the most intellectually honest of the current and former ScienceBloggers I read.

    Do we file this in, “More hooey from the deniers” or “Conscious of the honest”?

    Top American Scientist Quits APS over ‘Global Warming Scam’

    Read more at Suite101: Top American Scientist Quits APS over ‘Global Warming Scam’ http://www.suite101.com/content/top-american-scientist-quits-aps-over–global-warming-scam-a295057#ixzz11xGnQstb

  • http://mengbomin.wordpress.com/ Meng Bomin

    Yeah, after seeing the thickness and print size of Bloom’s book, I was wondering how much new information would be found in its pages that wouldn’t be found in, say, his Bloggingheads interview. I remain wondering to some extent, as I didn’t read the book.

  • Katharine

    Mr. Khan,

    Here’s some interesting news, and as you have entitled this an “open thread” I thought it might fit here. Or not. I’m not a climatologist, or a physicist, just a science and math teacher in training. Why am I asking you? I don’t really know! I have found you to be one of the most intellectually honest of the current and former ScienceBloggers I read.

    Do we file this in, “More hooey from the deniers” or “Conscious of the honest”?

    Top American Scientist Quits APS over ‘Global Warming Scam’

    Read more at Suite101: Top American Scientist Quits APS over ‘Global Warming Scam’ http://www.suite101.com/content/top-american-scientist-quits-aps-over–global-warming-scam-a295057#ixzz11xGnQstb

    Hint: Dude is a physicist, not a climatologist.

  • Michael

    Katherine,

    Then we can dismiss the opinions of ANY person who is not a climatologist, no matter if they agree with you or not?

    My tone is a little facetious, but only a little.

    For a great discussion about how much a layperson should be able to understand in order to make qualified decisions, please join us here:

    http://theonebestway.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/on-anthropogenic-global-warming/

  • Michael

    Hellooo! Katherine! Wanting to have a conversation!

    Are you still there?

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