September 2007

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Formula 1 session held up because of fog, ((Of course back in the 60s the BRDC – or was it the BARC? – used to hold a Boxing Day event at Brands Hatch, and it was frequently misty and even frosty. The main race was always started by…

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Another day, another scientist. Tonight it was Nobel Laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. He’s just published a fascinating memoir, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science, and he came to Pacific Science Center to talk about it. The format was billed as a “conversation”, but within a few minutes…

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OK, not really. But Steven Pinker’s talk at Town Hall Seattle this evening explored three ideas: How language reveals our sense of “folk-physics” How swearing helps us understand emotions How innuendo explains the way we construct relationships These and other themes are from his new book, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into…

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