Episode #34: Harold, Higgs and hoodia

The 34th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 (28 mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

Inside Sterkfontein Caves

Inside Sterkfontein Caves

On 31 October 1992, The Vatican admitted that they were wrong to formally condemn Galileo Galilei for daring to think that the universe did not revolve around the Roman Catholic Church.

Updates

Camping finally releases a statement.

News

Maropeng and Sterkfontein visit. (Stop Danie Krugel).

The world populations reaches 7 billion. Maybe.

The Higgs hunting season comes to an end.

Taking hoodia is a really bad idea. (Rat study).

Tooth isotope studies teaching us even MOAR about dinosaurs.

Links of the Week

Angela: Modelling a werewolf epidemic.
Michael: Dance Your Ph.D 2011 winner announced. Watch. It.
Owen: Memory Alpha.

Quote

“It is useless to theorize before one has data. Inevitably one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.” ~ Sherlock Holmes (as played by Robert Downey Jr. in the 2009 movie) (Submitted by:  Kevin Ternes)

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http://www.archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode34/Consilience34.mp3

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About Michael Meadon

Michael Meadon is a graduate student in cognitive science at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. When he's not procrastinating online or propitiating his wife, he investigates the effects of rapid & unreflective facial judgments on political elections. He expects to graduate any decade now. When he was an innocent undergrad Michael studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Cape Town. Unfortunately, he had to find out for himself that "social" and "science" often don't go so well together.
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One Response to Episode #34: Harold, Higgs and hoodia

  1. Chris Sham says:

    Quasi-qualified teacher’s opinion: You know what I think Maropeng is primarily geared towards? Kids, as you said, but more specifically groups of school kids on school outings. The long, winding stairwell stretches the group out, then the boat ride splits them into smaller warbands, and so they pass through in manageable clumps, rather than as a single marauding horde. Then the main content section, the hall with all the stuff in it, is essentially just a large, three-dimensional textbook chapter, almost literally laid out a page at a time, with a few interactive bits added in to keep the ADHD kids occupied. I’m willing to bet a small, responsible sum of money that this is exactly what the museum planners had in mind.

    It’s still pretty good for non-expert, non-school kid visitors, as you said, and the A. sediba display was great.

    (Also, I’m prepared to defend the canonicity of TAS; D.C. Fontana wrote for that series, which is about as good as Trek ever gets.)

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