Sir John Houghton on climate change,science and religion / Junior high science whizzes / Phone-in: GenealogyMay 31, 2010 1:40 PM
- Sir John Houghton suggests that people stop selecting only the data which reinforce their view when it comes to Climate Change
What We Know and What We Believe: For many, there is no balance between faith and scientific evidence. The scientist might dismiss notions of heaven or hell for lack of evidence. A creationist interpreting the Bible in a particular way will reject the theory of evolution.
But Sir John Houghton's scientific and religious tendencies reinforce one another.
Sir John was co-chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientific assessment working group. He was professor in atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford, and founder of the Met Office's Hadley Centre, the UK's foremost climate change research facility.
But Sir John is also chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an organisation dedicated to "connecting Environment, Science and Christianity". He was in the Maritimes to receive an honourary degree from Dalhousie University.
Since that was one of those occasions when he appears before young people, Costas asked him whether men and women of that generation feel they can have a direct effect on climate change issues - or that the important decisions are still made by their elders.
Pop Quiz: Which area of the brain is involved in processing a visual stimulus ? What are the prime factors of 260? Which two senses involve input from our ears? What kinds of particles make up an atom?
Time's up. How did you do? Do you think you did as well as the junior high students in a recent competition ?
It was called the All Science Challenge. It's hosted by universities across Canada and it came to Dalhousie University in Halifax for the first time last week. Freelancer Shaina Luck was there to see the teams battle it out, and she dropped in to tell us what she saw
New Country, Old Country: Can you imagine Samuel de Champlain wading ashore to found a settlement and declaring that the place would be known as Stuttgart? Would a party of rugged Highlanders from Ross and Cromarty name their settlement Marseilles ?
Not a chance.
Place names often - but don't always - give hints as to where the people who settled there came from. For example, Dumfries in New Brunswick was settled by Scots Lowlanders, Inverness in Cape Breton by Highland Scots. Kinkora, in Prince Edward Island, recalls Kincora in Ireland.
Terry Punch explained why taking a close look at place names can be helpful when you're trying to trace your ancestors. He also answered all your genealogical questions.
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