A link to the abstract for the talk is on this post: https://blumensacha.wordpress.com/2006/05/15/seminar-and-graduation/
A hypothetical human language!
I saw the article on this on The Australian's website today – http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19250310-30417,00.html
How interesting – it seems that in every field there is everything to learn! (Ok, obviously not everything, but that's how it feels.)
On a related note, I finished reading Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale last week. Can thoroughly recommend it, especially to anyone uncertain about the idea of evolution.
Luckily we weren't staying at Innisfail, as the cassowaries have hit town looking for food!
Ok, I love these magazines and subscribe to them. They're almost always very interesting, and in particular, I thought that people might like to know of the following material discussed in these issues:
1. Project implicit at Harvard (see https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/). At this web-site you can take internet based tests that attempt to test some of your unconcious preferences, for example for skinny people or fat people, or for your home country or the US. There are a large number of these tests you can take – they're easy to take and enjoyable!
2. Supervolcanoes – truly extraordinary… http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&colID=1&articleID=0006E0BF-BB43-146C-BB4383414B7F0000
3. An article from the April Scientific American: Does globalisation help or hurt the world's poor? http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&colID=1&articleID=0004B7FD-C4E6-1421-84E683414B7F0101
Yes, Mr T and I came back from 6 days in Cairns and the Daintree (near Cape Tribulation) last night, and like, no doubt, many other people, I loved the rainforest – I was astonished to hear that the rainforest is (at least?) 110 million years old – and I'm sure I read that it's the remnant of that time.
We took many photos and went snorkelling off Cape Tribulation – I've written a little bit about it here: http://badanalysis.com/catallaxy/?p=1797#comment-71378. I'd never been snorkelling and now I love it! We saw a turtle languidly swimming and apparently trying to hide (very unsuccesfully!).
I was very taken with the rainforest, and wondered if it were possible to work in understanding it, possibly using my educational background (which is mathematical and not biological) – no doubt there are many possibilities. While staying in the Daintree we didn't read any newspapers, nor listen to a radio, nor watch the tv, nor log onto the internet, so we hadn't seen any news reports. It was really lovely not knowing what was going on. Back in Cairns, in the airport, I devoured the Weekend Australian, and loved it, despite previously thinking that I would choose not to read it. International politics is so interesting, in a different way to environmental matters, and these are but two of very interesting areas it would be great to work in.
This Friday, the 19th of May, I'll be graduating with my PhD (hooray!), and I'll be giving a seminar on part of my thesis work:
Everyone's welcome to attend!