Book review: Annalee Newitz - Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
During the last 3 billion years, life on Earth has survived 7 mass extinctions. In each one more than 70% of the Earth’s species vanished. While the dominant species were wiped away, life recovered and vacant niches were filled by evolution. Some of the prominent victims of mass extinction live on in radically different form and ecological function like birds: Think about dinosaurs and birds.
Needless to say, if the the human race stays around for long enough, we might also face such an event. Additionally, a lot can be learned from the thought experiment, how we might cope and what strategies we might develop in order to survive.
Correlation does not Imply Causation!
Source: Spurious correlations - http://www.tylervigen.com
On the other hand: more science funding, means more PhD students, implies more misery…
For details see: http://phdcomics.com
But seriously - A message from the creator of these graphs (BBC):
1) Be critical of statistics that you see
2) Look for a causal link or mechanism
3) Demand a little bit of scientific rigour in showing that there’s a strong, statistically significant correlation
Or in other words, when you make a computer data-mine hundreds of data-sets and calculate correlations you are bound to find some interesting correlations.
John Oliver doing some science communication
Lets have an honest debate about anthropogenic climate change:
Watch the IPPC scientists explain their findings about climate change
Real climate scientists explain, what is happening
The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other parts will be released with the successive approvals of the other two Working Group contributions and the Synthesis Report in the course of 2014.
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