Archive for December 4th, 2009

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No APA Overflow Hotel

December 4, 2009

Wow. This is pretty unbelievable.

I’m sorry to have caught this so late, but theĀ APA regretfully announces that they have failed to secure an overflow hotel for the Eastern meetings.

So, all you job seekers who, quite sensibly, were waiting to make travel arrangements until you discovered whether you had any interviews (and thus any reason to travel to New York City over the Holidays): If you’re lucky enough to have interviews at the Eastern, you’re on your own for a hotel! Thankfully, the APA has provided a list of nearby hotels. Enjoy the criminal booking rates!

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Potholes in My Lawn

December 4, 2009

I enjoyed this. Maybe you will too.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

The author is a YouTube person named PotHoler54. Thanks to Greenfyre for the tip.

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Pielke on CRU Hack

December 4, 2009

The Washington Post has a nice interview today with my colleague Roger Pielke Jr. You should really read the whole piece, but there are a few points worthy of note. Roger says:

Roger Pielke Jr.: At this point there is no doubt that the email controversy is quite serious. Its scientific significance remains to be seen, but the fact of the matter is that credibility of climate science has taken a big hit (warranted or not) and this will have consequences for the practice of climate science.

I don’t want to put words in Roger’s mouth, but my read of this is that when Roger uses the term “credibility” he means “legitimacy,” where legitimacy refers to the pragmatic conditions of truth. At least, that’s how I understand this view. There is an obvious question here about the extent to which credibility bleeds over into legitimacy — and on some pretty strong pragmatic views, the two are indistinguishable — but on my read it is correct claim that legitimacy has been undermined but that credibility has not yet been.

He also says this… Read the rest of this entry ?