Why read books or papers when there are easily-digestible videos of charismatic experts summarizing their work for you? Here are 5 interesting recent TED Talks, running the gamut from astronomy to metaphysics.
What’s the next window into our universe?
How not to be ignorant about the world
What makes us sick?
What’s next in 3D printing?
Why does the universe exist?
But to keep you from getting complacent (and to trap you in a paradox) here’s a classic TED talk on why TED talks are terrible.…
A post recently came up in my Facebook feed that is notable for the confluence of three things: (1) a spectacular claim, (2) it’s wrong, and (3) it’s not a journalist’s fault. The combination of (1) and (2) is quite common, but usually it turns out that the actual science is much less spectacular than the headline suggests, because a journalist or editor has misunderstood the science or amplified the claim unjustifiably in order to garner readers. In this case, though, the paper itself is at fault.
The claim in question is that “it is highly likely (99.999 percent) that the 304 consecutive months of anomalously warm global temperatures to June 2010 is directly attributable to the accumulation of global greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” The Facebook post linked to an article from The Conversation, but that quote is directly from their paper, published this April in Climate Risk Management.