France bans neonicotinoid insecticides

We can’t keep pouring poisons on our fields and expect to be OK.   This is good: By enforcing the blanket ban, France is going further than the European Union, which voted to outlaw the use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and...

Hurricane Florence Potential Impacts

Analysis of Hurricane Florence Potential Impacts: VERY BAD STORM, HISTORIC. Flooding and storm surge will likely render areas uninhabitable for “weeks to months”. Winds may completely destroy sturdy buildings.  ...

Hurricane Florence

From Eric Holthaus: So, worryingly, here’s the now *likely* scenario for Hurricane #Florence: – Rapid intensification over the next 36-48 hrs to major hurricane status – Landfall in the Carolinas as a Category 4 – Stalling near the coast for up...

What is the mind?

“… mental states like consciousness are states of an entire animal and not states of its parts.” Interview with Markus Gabriel. “‘Consciousness’ is slightly better than ‘the mind’ if we separate between two types of consciousness. There are...

Code on code on code on code on code

“In some ways we’ve lost agency. When programs pass into code and code passes into algorithms and then algorithms start to create new algorithms, it gets farther and farther from human agency. Software is released into a code universe which no one can fully...

Rapid Climate Change: What can I do about it?

I thought about building carbon-capture machinery. I could do that. But then I thought about how that research is funded. The ONLY solution is to fill the Government with Scientists and Engineers, particularly women. Then we might be able to achieve significant carbon...