Nature magazine endorses Obama

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Cognition and Language Lab blog points out that Nature science magazine endorsed Barack Obama, but not because of his science policy. Instead they like him because he listens to a diverse group of advisers.

On a range of topics, science included, Obama has surrounded himself with a wider and more able cadre of advisers than McCain. This is not a panacea. Some of the policies Obama supports — continued subsidies for corn ethanol, for example — seem misguided. The advice of experts is all the more valuable when it is diverse: ‘groupthink’ is a problem in any job. Obama seems to understands [sic] this. He tends to seek a range of opinions and analyses to ensure that his opinion, when reached, has been well considered and exposed to alternatives. He also exhibits pragmatism — for example in his proposals for health-care reform — that suggests a keen sense for the tests reality can bring to bear on policy.

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Coyote Crossing: Obama and extinction

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Chris Clarke, at his relatively new blog Coyote Crossing, has written about the U.S. election issues: what is and isn’t getting much mention. You can read it here: “Obama and extinction“.

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