Hello sizzling Swedish summer sailing scientists,
What a fantastic summer it has been here in Sweden. Lots of blue skyed, sun filled weeks with temperatures up in the high 20s and even the low 30s for a few days too. Wow, it’s great to be alive on Planet Earth in the early 21st century 🙂
Here is some whacky Australian music to get you into the mood. PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING: Listen to it once and it will be bopping around your brain for days!
MUSIC: Pat Wilson (1983) She’s A Bop Girl [look out for 15 y.o. Nicole Kidman in the green bridesmaid dress, filmed on Sydney’s Coogee beach]
Well … what else has been happening this summer?
Well … British author Matt Ridley, one of the best popular science writers today, has published his new book The Rational Optimist. It shows, with copious references, how our world is getting better and better despite continual catastrophic predictions by The Media.
This book was immmediately attacked by 5 authors in a large article in the weekly British popular science magazine New Scientist. To which Matt Ridley responded with this devestating critique of their article. Many book reviews from around the world have praised the Rational Optimist too. Good! 🙂
This is similar to the 12 paged Scientific American magazine attack, in 2002, on the Danish statistician Björn Lomborg’s optimistic book The Skeptical Environmentalist. Lomborg was only permitted a half page reply but was later vindicated by an independent Danish investigation which investigated his attacker’s claims.
I have just read this book and can thoroughly recommend it as a great antidote to depressing nightly news stories. It seems to be in the beginning of a rational and optimistic book trend that may start reversing many recent surveys showing that Westerners are profoundly ignorant about the true state of our world.
Also during this summer we have had magnificent displays of Noctilucent Clouds.
Here are some over Uppsala, just north of Stockholm, on a hot midsummer’s night. WOW!
Here is a view of these intriguing Noctilucent Clouds, taken from the Space Shuttle as it orbited the Earth.
And here is a way to understand why we can genarally only see them around midsummer, on cloudless nights, about 60N and around midnight.
I hope you had a great summer too. 🙂