Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    looking to obey this one

    As you should.

    The quarantine isn't too great a hardship and the potential harm is stupidly high.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Science communication

    Sigh.

    My biggest regret from school was dropping English, I was good at it, mostly because I read so much. But I didn't think I needed it. I was wrong and had to learn how to write all over agian during my post BSc studies.

    /rant
    The ability to communicate science is simply part of the job of being a scientist. My experience with "science communicators" has been resoundingly awful. There are scientists who have become science communicators and do a great job. But I have yet to see anyone trained as a science communicator do anything other than draw down a salary and waste time.
    /rant

    Being good at English helps your science immensely, but first you must be good at the science. BTW high school science is not all that representative of what science really is.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Sacha,

    a genuine worry that Green policy was anti-business

    A line the Nats pushed ruthlessly for several years, yes. Helpfully relayed by our feeble media.

    Yup exactly. Again I don't believe the line myself but it is clear that a lot of people were genuinely worried. That Labour might chose to respond to that FUD by distancing themselves somewhat from the Greens is an understandable if irrational response.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to DeepRed,

    What did these voters think the Greens would do, confiscate their houses and cars?

    The response I got when asking the question was they were deeply worried about what The Greens would do to “business” and in particular farming. It wasn’t a response that came from lack of thought but rather a genuine worry that Green policy was anti-business. Not helped by some of wittering both from right wing commentators and in some cases Green candidates.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    you’ve outlined the problem with the BOI process. Appointments.

    If one were really cynical one might suspect the govt had learned from previous mistakes and made sure this time that the panel came up with the answer the govt wanted.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    What is TV One thinking

    TVNZ has long been the major broadcaster of America's cup - essentially is was self advertising disguised as news

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to BenWilson,

    Well, you could just as easily say there are too many graduates for the existing science funding.

    No. That would be like cutting funding for teachers and closing schools and then saying because there are unemployed teachers we don’t need them.

    Wait, that IS what you are saying - that's bizarre.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to BenWilson,

    While society has exactly the same need for pure science

    I don’t know how one could even begin to measure such a thing.

    Lots of economic studies have done exactly that. Essentially investment in science is one of the weird factors in economics that is non-linear. They came up with a special category to describe the effect of science investment on economic returns.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Why can’t they just make the committee bigger and have wider representation?

    Bigger committees don't necessarily get more done. Also it is a security committee so it requires a certain level of adulthood (something rarer than you might hope in parliament).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Amy Gale,

    barriers to participating at the professional academic level

    Also sexism is alive and well in the hallowed halls making some departments unattractive.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

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