17 Responses to On the politics of engagement

  1. Eva Amsen says:

    So this post, which has been commented on before it was even posted (according to the snapshot page) has no comments on it when I visit.
    (NB: I am visiting from the past (a few seconds ago) and not from the future.)

  2. Richard P. Grant says:

    Yup. It’s all buggy. I might delete the post (again) and post it next week.

  3. Eva Amsen says:

    For all we know you already DID post it next week.

  4. Richard P. Grant says:

    I willon have done post it, yes.

  5. Eva Amsen says:

    I actually have serious political comments too, but prefer discussing politics over beer compared to over blogs.

  6. Henry Gee says:

    I took the time to post a comment earlier. It saved it after about three trillion geological epochs. Now it’s deleted. I really am having a bad day now. MT4 sucks.

  7. Richard P. Grant says:

    Your comment simply said you were grumpy.

  8. Eva Amsen says:

    Cluck cluck? Oh, chicken. Pfft. Whatever. I just prefer seeing people roll their eyes at me in person when I talk politics.

  9. Nicolau Werneck says:

    Federal elections are coming to Brazil in 2010 too… And the party currently in power (PT) has many similarities to the Labour Party in the UK. It will be interesting to see how both of them perform.

  10. Richard Wintle says:

    Once again, I poked the “sign in” button, which didn’t sign me in, but thanked me for signing in.
    Ah well, it’s better than having to sign in I suppose. Doubtless once I post this comment, it will thank me for doing so by taking me to a useless intermediate page, where I shall have to click on something or other to come back here.
    Anyway, I rather like Lord Drayson, but only because he races a very spiffy Lola-bodied, Judd-powered prototype car (how’s that for all-British?). Quite how he manages to be a government Minister while doing this is rather beyond me however.

  11. Ian Mulvany says:

    Hi Richard,
    We will work towards getting rid of that intermediate page.

  12. Richard P. Grant says:

    Other country’s politicians always look more attractive than one’s own, one feels.

  13. Maria Hodges says:

    Richard said: Evan Harris…starts off by claiming there is a perception that science is different from sport or music, that it’s harder for anyone to ‘have a go’. I am sure those of us who spent years at University studying for two or more degrees will be pleased to hear that.
    I think Harris might have a point: I have a GCSE in art and yet I still feel qualified to ‘have a go’ at Tracey Emin’s work and she’s seems to have 2 and half degrees. Gordon Brown has at least 2 degrees in history/politics and was a lecturer and I have absolutely no qualifications in this area but I still feel entitled to comment on his performance. I’m not sure that science really is that special.

  14. Richard P. Grant says:

    Maria, perhaps you would like to have a go at climate change then. Or—more your field—check my structure constraints.
    I think you’re confusing different things, there. Art is meant for consumption, and Gordon Brown is accountable to us all. Science is hard (otherwise everyone would be doing it).

  15. Maria Hodges says:

    I think with structure constraints it’s partly a failure to communicate what people should be looking for. Every attempt seems to end up with a 10-page article in an obscure journal and I’m not sure that people are sufficiently bothered. The worldwide PDB is looking into how to validate structures though there is a potential weakness with their idea about what to do with structures that aren’t subsequently published.
    Climate change… if only I knew the answer. Much more tangible is the finite supply of oil, yet people seem to be burying their heads in the sand anyway.
    Do you think that the problem with science (at school anyway) is not that it’s hard but that it’s boring? The words Born-Haber cycle just make my eyes glaze over.
    And, to be honest, I found art harder than chemistry and physics. Thankfully I don’t have to paint for a living as I’d be broke.

  16. Richard P. Grant says:

    I dunno, Maria. I think it’s because science is hard and you have to go quite a long way ‘in’ before you get a return. With art you produce something whatever your skill/education level, don’t you think?
    Science is inherently exciting, but the way it’s taught often kills it.

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