Category Archives: Education

What I did on my Christmas vacation

Tweet Well, it’s not over yet (thankfully), so this should really be in present tense. What is perhaps most important, to me, is what I didn’t do this year — which is stumble through the long, hectic, progression of travel, … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Bali

Tweet [Editor’s note:  This dispatch comes from my colleague Dr. Timmons Roberts, Acting Director of the Program in Environmental Science and Policy and Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary. His co-authored book “A Climate of Injustice” … Continue reading

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Abstinence-only: the Bush administration’s approach to science

Tweet It is not science that the Bush administration has been advertising as the target of their much touted abstinence-only programs over the last seven years. Not publicly at least.  But it may as well have been.  It turns out … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 7

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, and all the ships at sea: The Natural Patriot is honored to present the 7th monthly episode of the Carnival of the Blue, continuing a hallowed tradition initiated just six short moons ago … Continue reading

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The pride of Finland, the shame of America

Tweet Fifteen-year-olds in Finland are tops in the world.  In terms of science literacy, that is.  That’s according to a survey soon to be released by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the summary of which can be found … Continue reading

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Focus the Nation

Tweet We’ve stepped it up.  We’ve watched and discussed An Inconvenient Truth.  We’ve listened intently to the news of the IPCC’s recent Synthesis Report on climate change.  We’ve switched out our light bulbs to compact fluorescents and are doggedly swimming, … Continue reading

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Autumnal reflections on the bounty of Nature

Tweet Right, I promised something about pumpkin pie, or at least some fare less likely to produce indigestion than the end of the world as we know it (although the conversation during the Thanksgiving holiday with the extended family did, … Continue reading

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The future of coastal Virginia, and other trivia

Tweet Yesterday, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Fourth, and most authoritative, Synthesis Report on the scientific consensus on global climate change and strategies for mitigating its impacts. The 23-page summary is well worth reading, particularly for the … Continue reading

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Economic growth is the opiate of the people

Tweet Karl Marx thought it was religion, and there is indeed a compelling case to be made there.  But then, modern economics has many of the trappings of a religion.  It is assuredly faith-based, and its tenets also appear largely … Continue reading

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Taxonomy gets sexy (?)

Tweet When I say the word “taxonomist”, what do you think of (if anything)?  Probably how many clicks it will take to get back to the celebrity candid photo site.  Many people think of an old codger in a frayed cardigan … Continue reading

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