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Sean Carroll
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Physicist at Caltech. Master of time and space.
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I think about things that are smaller than atoms and/or bigger than galaxies.  Everything in between scares me.

Links on right will lead you to awesome things to read and think about.

Disclaimer: my opinions are the ones everyone should have.
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Married to +Jennifer Ouellette.
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  • Harvard University
    Astronomy (PhD), 1988 - 1993
  • Villanova University
    Astronomy (BA), 1984 - 1988
  • Pennsbury High School
    1980 - 1984
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Creationists team up with overzealous free-marketeers to combat science education.
http://io9.com/creationists-help-climate-change-deniers-attack-scienc-1603554406
The Heartland Institute, a prominent, Chicago-based organization opposing climate science, has teamed up with the creationist Discovery Institute to launch a smear campaign against a group promoting the nationwide adoption of updated science education guidelines.
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+Jennifer M. Lambert then as a scientist you should look at all the data and evidence, even the one's you disagree with. Climate change is a man made idea to get tax payers to flip the bill for something that you or I have no control over. http://www.universetoday.com/38454/researchers-say-sun-cycle-alters-earths-climate/ it's that simple!....what you do or others do will not change the climate. http://www.plantsneedco2.org/default.aspx?menuitemid=371
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The willingness of (some) social scientists to reject the idea of replicating experiments should be very worrying.
http://wjh.harvard.edu/~jmitchel/writing/failed_science.htm
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The thing that strikes me about the article is that he's making all these involved verbal arguments about things that ought to be basic applications of the theory of statistical inference.

Is his attitude actually a widespread one in the social sciences?
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Particle Fever is now on iTunes! See theorists vandalize works of art, and experimentalists discover new particles.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/07/07/particle-fever-on-itunes/
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Way cool. Fascinating. 
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Which books are people buying and not reading? Piketty supplants Hawking as the champ.
http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-summers-most-unread-book-is-1404417569
A simple index drawn from e-books shows which best sellers are going unread (we're looking at you, Piketty).
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+Andrew Sanchez There's a small segment of humanity that reads AS over and over, probably highlighting every passage. That's going to skew the data. 

Also, I finished it (thought it was important to understand my political opposites), but it wasn't a pleasant experience.
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For some reason Wikipedia has blacklisted links from my web site. Anyone know how to fix that?
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sean_M._Carroll&diff=612373404&oldid=612371592
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Sorry I'm not having much luck getting to my laptop this weekend. I can see some of what's happening on mobile phone but I will really need that to get anywhere.
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+James Carlson we're all in the Dark.
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It's weird that scientists get so little training in writing papers. Even the CIA has a writing manual.
http://www.openculture.com/2014/07/the-cia-style-manual-writers-guide.html
Along with toppling democratically elected governments, funneling money illegally to dubious political groups and producing pornographic movies about heads of state, the Central Intelligence Agency has also been fiendishly good at manipulating language.
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WHAT !! you mean they can write.
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Paul Ginsparg shares memories and anecdotes of Ken Wilson (underappreciated hero of physics).
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1407.1855v1.pdf
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Totally agree. Wilson's contribution to science cannot be overestimated. I've been catching up with his work ever since I first saw you mention him in one of your presentations.
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I am this week's guest-picker of cool stuff on @Science_Studio. Quantum mechanics is of course the coolest.
http://thesciencestudio.org/post/91049672146/parallel-universes-many-worlds-our-guest-picker
Parallel Universes: Many Worlds Our guest picker this week is Sean M. Carroll! He’s put together a collection on the many worlds formulation of quantum mechanics. Strap in as we take a tour through this fascinating part of fundamental physics. (Parts 2 and 3 coming Wednesday and Friday.) I have two YouTube videos to recommend. Both are about quantum mechanics and many-worlds, but I also want to promote the larger series of which they each a...
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Latest Dungeons & Dragons rules are surprisingly enlightened about sex and gender identity.
http://www.themarysue.com/basic-rules-dnd/
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Too bad the actual mechanics aren't progressive.
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In the new movie "Earth to Echo," there's a short clip of my voice taken from here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i3r2lLArWk (h/t +George Musser)
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Well if that isn't an appropriate pay off for a successful career in theoretical physics, what the hell is?  =D
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Great post on the Fermi paradox. We're likely to be the only technological civilization in our galaxy - for now.
http://praxtime.com/2013/11/25/sagan-syndrome-pay-heed-to-biologists-about-et/
A new paper using data from NASA's Kepler telescope came out recently, estimating that 22% of Sun-like stars harbor Earth-sized planets. This is a big increase over previous estimates. It's very co...
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Just to add some real data: the most recently discovered ``earth-like'' planet, is 500 light years away, http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star/#.U7AOEqg1H4o Let's assume this planet is like Earth-now picture Earth in the late 15th century and compare the historical record with what's happening today.
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