Tagged: crichton

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Michael Crichton was a Boss

Now that the election is over, I think I deserve a reward for all my restraint. So, I’m creating this post so I can be just a little politically annoying to my Facebook friends. Michael Crichton, author of nightmares (Jurassic Park, Sphere, the Andromeda Strain), action (Congo, Twister), and sexual...

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Beowulf is Already Fun!

One of my coworkers is a treasure trove of useless information. She is a wonderful source of very useful information as well, but it’s the trivial stuff that matters right now. One day we were talking about movies and someone mentioned The 13th Warrior. I remember liking the movie, but,...

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Does Anyone Actually Know How the Environment Works?

I’m not saying that I do, it’s an honest question. In November 2005 Michael Crichton presented a lecture at the Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy called “Complexity Theory and Environmental Management“. He used the mishandling of Yellowstone National Park over decades to show that we really have no idea how...

Crichton on Speculation 0

Crichton on Speculation

I’ve spent a few hours going through some of Michael Crichton’s older speeches, and one of his recurring themes is the prominence of speculation in media, and it’s spread into other places in society. The idea is that the main media venues realized that sensational, trailblazing speculation sells more papers...

Secondhand Smoke Stole My Wallet 0

Secondhand Smoke Stole My Wallet

I love reading Michael Crichton’s speeches about science and global warming. He blows me away. recently I’ve been reading “Aliens Cause Global Warming“, which has a lot to say about scientific “consensus” and junk science. Included is this statement about secondhand smoke: In 1993, the EPA announced that second-hand smoke...