To be a doctor

During the past couple of days, my Twitter feed has been ablaze due to the inflammatory, sexist Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Joseph Epstein. In this piece, Epstein infantilizes the accomplishments of Dr. Jill Biden, and dismisses her expertise. As a white, straight man, it might be easy to dismiss this, as I am … Continue reading To be a doctor

On History

As a geologist, we are introduced to the concept of uniformitarianism early in our scientific career, namely the principle that "the present is the key to the past". Our understanding of geological processes is dependent on the assumption that the physical processes we observe now are the same as what operated in the past. As a climate … Continue reading On History

Brexit, Climate Change and Modern Political Discourse

Fry: This snow is beautiful. I'm glad global warming never happened. Leela: Actually it did. But thank God nuclear winter cancelled it out. - Futurama, Xmas Story When I look at the current state of global politics, I can't help but think about how helpless we are to address the most pressing issue facing our species. … Continue reading Brexit, Climate Change and Modern Political Discourse