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  • February | 2008 | Reconciliation Ecology
    on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in activism atheism communication culture wars media politics on February 21 2008 by Madhusudan Katti Life imitating art imitating life by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply is how the arc of the next US president might turn out to be What kind of real fictional times are we living in Or is it all a scripted reality show Hat tip Prem Panicker Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in culture wars media politics on February 21 2008 by Madhusudan Katti Breaking the Science Barrier with Richard Dawkins by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply This is from a few years ago but it is excellent and well worth the hour or so you might spend watching Buy the DVD for a mere 15 bucks or watch it in these youtube segments Part 1 segment 1 Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in communication education science video on February 21 2008 by Madhusudan Katti The Age of American Unreason by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply Having grown up as a nerd in a culture where nerds didn t generally get beaten up or bullied but were often actually treated with respect imagine that I ve never fully understood the strong anti intellectual streak in American culture which seems so at odds with this country s leadership in many areas of intellectual endeavor notably in science And these past few years of repthuglican rule have of course done little to dispel the fear that this country this culture is sinking deeper into

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  • January | 2008 | Reconciliation Ecology
    the electrical signal is sensed by the trigeminal nerve and mistaken by the brain as an irritant in the nose Hence a sneeze Yet another example of our not so intelligently designed but marvelously quirky evolved bodies eh Hat tip to Mark Hoofnagle of Denialism Blog Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in human humor science on January 25 2008 by Madhusudan Katti Your new gateway to peer reviewed science by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply After several months of experimentation at creating a central clearinghouse for blog commentaries on peer reviewed scientific papers the BPR3 team has just launched a new site Research Blogging Imagine having your own cadre of docents to introduce you to and help you interpret serious peer reviewed research across the spectrum of scientific research Well you don t have to imagine it for this is exactly what this site provides Do you like to read about new developments in science and other fields Are you tired of science by press release Research Blogging is your place Research Blogging allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer reviewed research instead of just news reports and press releases Along with ScienceBlogs this just might become one of your first stops on the science information superhighway Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in communication science on January 25 2008 by Madhusudan Katti We are not the only political animals by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply Aristotle wrote a couple of millenia ago that Man is by nature a political animal and who can argue with that especially in this year of a presidential election here in the US But what may be surprising is that it took so long after that sage for people to recognize that we are not the only political animals This week s Science Times section of the New York Times which you students must ve noticed tucked inside one of yesterday s NY Times free copies of which we get daily on campus if you didn t notice it why not led with a cover article by Natalie Angiers on this topic Its a nice if not too surprising at least to me article that is well worth the read Turns out that humans are indeed political animals by nature because we evolved that way Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in behaviour evolution human politics science on January 23 2008 by Madhusudan Katti Neil Shubin on preparing for his 5 minutes with Colbert by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply Following his successful appearance on the Colbert Report last week Neil Shubin has shared his experience on Pharyngula of preparing to beard that particular lion in his den and on the challenges of communicating science in the sound bite medium in general Well worth reading whether you are a fan of Shubin or Colbert or simply interested in bringing science to the public discourse It can t be an easy thing to do the prospect facing an aggressive TV talking head even a fake one was enough to give Shubin a sleepless night But the challenge goes beyond simply having to face an uninformed and potentially hostile host whose primary goal is to provide entertainment there is a more fundamental communication issue Shubin writes In thinking about the experience a few days later I have one thought on language As scientists we are very used to using language with a great deal of precision note the string in the commentary on common ancestry group inclusion etc The challenge is adapting our highly precise vocabulary to the demands of a five minute performance on a show which is fundamentally not about science It is a tough tightrope to walk to balance between language that is both engaging and precise I had mixed success but that has to be our aspiration for these kinds of experiences He ended up doing a pretty good job if you ask me and certainly sold at least one copy of his new book well soon its

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  • December | 2007 | Reconciliation Ecology
    in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on December 11 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Fresno Environment blog by Madhusudan Katti 3 Replies Divorce may be bad for the environment so its better for the earth to stay married Perhaps What about being married to another academic who also chooses to start an environment education focused blog while teaching a parallel course in environmental studies Is that twice as good and does it compensate for the larger footprint of having two kids as well While you ponder that why not visit Fresno Environment the blog started this semester to support the NatSci 115 class being taught by my better half Do we get double good blogging karma Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in blog ecology education fresno on December 10 2007 by Madhusudan Katti How It All Ends by Madhusudan Katti 1 Reply Is it better to take action at some cost to minimize the effects of an uncertain catastrophe or to wager that the catastrophe won t happen and sit back More importantly is your time better spent debating the magnitude of the risk with the risk probability and associated costs rising while you argue or taking action to prevent the potentially catastrophic consequences These questions are at the heart of the global warming issues swirling around us now and probably at the heart of every environmental issue So what should you do Here s a video that makes a pretty compelling case for taking action over sitting around arguing on whether there is a risk in the first place I like how this schoolteacher has framed the argument separating the false debates over whether there is climate change and whether humans are causing it from the more important question of what we should be doing to avoid the potential risks Think about it if your doctor tells you that you have an infection that will cause you much long term misery if it doesn t kill you and prescribes medicine to help deal with it how often and how long do you argue with the doctor over his her interpretation of your symptoms before deciding to swallow the bitter pills Yes the meds may cost you a few bucks and they make you sick too but you ll be better off taking them than not taking them so says the doctor Do you trust your doc s expertise What if also you have a second opinion confirming the diagnosis and treatment How about a whole panel of thousands of doctors from all over the world agreeing with your doctor What would you do then Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on December 10 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Guns Germs and Steel by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply a student essay by Matthew Dodd In this book Jared Diamond explains how people evolved at the rate that we did and how different places in the world evolved at different times than one another Most people wonder why Europe was the first continent that not only powered over the whole world but also had advance technology compared to most of the world To most religious people they would assume that god created Europe that way But Jared Diamond s answer is so simple most people over looked it thinking it could not be the reason What do people do when they have a lot of free time on their hands They tend to create things and try to make life easier for themselves Back when most people where hunter and gatherers there was very little free time to be had because most of the village tribe was spending all of their time trying to find food in order to survive The one thing that the Europeans had over the rest of the world is the geography of their location The reason is not because the people are superior but because they where able to domesticate wheat This also led to the domestication of sheep goat and cows This may seem like nothing to most people today because that is normal to today but to the people of that time it meant a steady food source Because of the steady food source life

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  • October | 2007 | Reconciliation Ecology
    blogging after a busy sleepless few weeks with a rant but I just couldn t help it this morning Rather than reproducing it here let me just ask you to go read my rant about teaching science in this benighted valley here instead Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in education fresno rant science on October 7 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Feed your reader RSS Posts Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Join 30 other subscribers Email Address Search for Recent Posts My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Pollen TSUNAMI Happy PollinatorWeek Watching Jurassic Park in Ambasamudram On reaching beyond the low hanging fruit in science education How to live with elephants in the modern wired world Recent Comments My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology on Tigers Are Less Important Than Warblers Pollen TSUNAMI Happy PollinatorWeek Reconciliation Ecology on Of wanton plants and prudish immune systems late night thoughts for National Pollinator Week Madhusudan Katti on Watching Jurassic Park in Ambasamudram p51mustang on Watching Jurassic Park in Ambasamudram Watching Jurassic Park in Ambasamudram Reconciliation Ecology on Tigers Are Less Important Than Warblers On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather Twitter Tweets by leafwarbler Follow this blog if typeof

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  • September | 2007 | Reconciliation Ecology
    oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico Indian Pittas turning up in the middle of Bombay and want to rescue them perhaps you should pause before trying to force feed the birds for they may not have the ability to digest any food at all And it can take 24 hours or more for the guts to regrow as tissue is being reallocated from elsewhere muscles to intestines Which may be why these birds appear particularly vulnerable at that stage And what about that question I raised earlier why do these Godwits make stops during spring but not autumn migration I think it has to do with their need to be the first ones on the breeding grounds to maximize breeding success and uncertainty about conditions on the northern breeding grounds it pays to get to the breeding grounds early enough but not too soon if you know what I mean In addition spring migration is all about breeding another energetically demanding act for which you have to have some reserves available in autumn on the other hand all you have to do is to get to the wintering ground with the arctic cold chasing yout tail and focus on staying alive through the next few months for another shot at the reproductive lottery This sets up different selection pressures on the two migratory phases resulting in different strategies It also sets up differences between males and females in spring it is usually the males who are in a greater hurry to get up and establish breeding territories before females show up females like E7 on the other hand need to conserve more resources to cover their higher energetic nutritional demands And ongoing work should help us test and understand some of these ideas better Meanwhile I ll think twice before complaining about the stiffness of my body when I fly across the Pacific en route to India next time Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in birds ecology evolution on September 10 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Darwin s Nightmare on campus this Friday by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply Cineculture our campus film club is launching their new academic year this friday Sep 7 5 15 PM in McLane 121 with Hubert Sauper s extraordinary documentary Darwin s Nightmare Its one of those films that should be required viewing

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  • July | 2007 | Reconciliation Ecology
    ears to reveal upon closer inspection a bit of nature s daily drama A Mountain Garter Snake best as I can identify had apparently just devoured the distraught bird s babies note the tell tale bulge in the snake s middle And it must ve just happened for the mom was trying to mob the snake by herself and was joined in a little while by the dad who had a beakful of worms which is why I inferred there were nestlings involved not just eggs And among a sequence of images shot hurriedly in the strongly contrasting sun dappled shade I find this one of both parents trying to attack the snake particularly arresting I hope you agree Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in photo wildlife on July 6 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Why are chilies hot by Madhusudan Katti 3 Replies If you ve taken one of my classes where I talk about the scientific method and the nature of questions and explanations i e most of my classes but esp Evolution you ve heard me tell a little personal anecdote to illustrate the difference between Proximate and Ultimate explanations One about the question Why are chilies hot If you just want the answer to the question go here to read Bora s nice essay on the topic If you are interested in my anecdote also look below the fold Some 11 years ago when I was in the throes of writing my dissertation I shared an apartment in La Jolla for a short while with Ajay Chitnis a developmental neurobiologist then postdoc ing at the Salk Institute he s now at NIH It was one of the most stimulating few months of my life as we both enjoyed cooking especially spicy foods not just curries mind you but world cuisine as well as talking about all matters scientific philosophical literary culinary and cinematic well into the wee hours of the night ah the intellectual ferment of those grad student days I don t think I have ever had such a wide ranging ongoing discourse with anyone else before or since so in some ways he was the best flat mate I ever had I learnt a great deal from Ajay about evo devo in those early days of the field and like to think that some

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  • June | 2007 | Reconciliation Ecology
    Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in humor urban birds video on June 18 2007 by Madhusudan Katti More godless eloquence from PZ Myers by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply If you read just one thing today or this week go read this wonderful essay on how much more awesome the Gilgamesh the Bible the Koran the Gita and all your religious texts not to mention the concept of God itself are if you but stop taking them literally as words of some imaginary being rather than as wonderful expressions of entirely human awe and anguish over our existence in this strange beautiful indifferent universe And please stop telling us atheists that we just don t get it about your faith as PZ expresses it far more eloquently than I can we get it all right I d say we get it at a deeper level than many believers do Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in atheism philosophy on June 12 2007 by Madhusudan Katti An Ecologist in the US Senate Could it happen by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply This came via Ecolog L a couple of days ago Dr Rand Knight a Ph D in ecosystems analysis member of the Ecological Society of America and a recent postdoc at the NSF s National Ecological Observatory Network has just announced his candidacy for the U S senate seat open in the next round from Georgia Rand Knight most recently a post doctoral associate with NEON has just announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss from Georgia The Senate Office of Archives and Public Records indicates that he is the first Ph D in Ecology Environmental Science to run for US Senate Wouldn t it be a great day when an ESA President or staff from the Public Affairs Office are on The Hill giving testimony before one of our own His campaign web site is at http www KnightForSenate com While I haven t seen much about this in the blogosphere yet

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  • March | 2007 | Reconciliation Ecology
    you ve had your fill of the top 2 or 3 items Instead you go up to the table s serve what you think you can eat and the other people do the same Oil comsumption is the same it is something that you should be utilizing only to satisfy your needs not your wants which will never be met just like in economics Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in citizen science climate change morality reconciliation student posting on March 29 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Global Warming Is Not a Crisis by Madhusudan Katti 1 Reply I learnt last night that that beloved liberal media darling NPR staged a debate that convinced a number of people that Global Warming Is Not a Crisis So we can all go home now This was part of a new series of Oxford Style Debates NPR is bringing home to its audience in its new program Intelligence Squared U S available for download as a podcast at the website I caught a few minutes at the end of the above debate broadcast on KVPR last night on my way home from our class did anyone else in class hear this also just a couple of the closing statements including one by Michael Crichton and the remarkable result of the concluding poll of the audience which found that the number of people in support of the proposition that Global Warming is not a crisis went up from 30 to 46 with a corresponding decline in opponents Now such a public debate even if it is tagged with the name of Oxford is no way to settle any question in science of course but it is likely to have some impact on public perception of the scientific debate if there even is any And since winning these debates relies more on rhetorical skills than on more mundane things like oh you know doing some actual science collecting data conducting experiments testing hypotheses and similar tedious activities they tend to be popular with deniers of science e g Intelligent Design advocates remember the great Fresno Oxford Debate about Darwin last year and of course climate change deniers I ll withhold my judgment on the new NPR show for now and you can listen to this one and others including one about whether America is too damn religious to make up your own minds What got my skepticism meter buzzing about this particular debate was the composition of the debate panels in particular the inclusion of the pulp writer Michael Crichton clearly the least qualified to talk about this subject on either side But hey didn t he write a big fat sci fi novel with plenty of footnotes which makes it more science ey don t it about how global warming is a conspiracy by environmentalists And didn t he have an MD in a past life So that must make him equivalent to any practicing scientist then from any field I wonder how much his presence alone swayed all those in the audience who turned around to start favoring the proposition but he did display considerable rhetorical skill sowing plenty of doubt about global warming even while posturing as a rational skeptic who was kind of stranded here because scientists had not demonstrated to his satisfaction that CO2 is the contemporary driver for the warming we are seeing So that settles that doesn t it And we can stop worrying about the planet having a fever right Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in climate change conservation biology footprints reconciliation on March 28 2007 by Madhusudan Katti Now this is really acting locally while thinking globally by Madhusudan Katti 1 Reply Speaking of Ecological Footprints here s a radical attempt by one family to reduce their footprint blogged at No Impact Man There was a story about this family experiment in the House and Home Section of the NYT last week Apart from media attention and attending discussion of individual level measures we can take to reduce our impacts how much of a difference do you think this will make to larger scale let alone global environmental issues How effective are individual life style changes are likely to be as opposed to larger scale institutional social changes Further how well do you think will such an experiment work in a place like Fresno Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon

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