28 September 2012

Thanks to John Holdren

We had a great day yesterday celebrating our Center's 10th anniversary. The day was capped off by a keynote lecture by President Obama's science advisor, John Holdren, to a big crowd at Old Main.

Dr. Holdren is pictured above after the lecture with one of my STS students, Adrianne Kroepsch, who asked him to pose for a photo with a message to some middle school girls Adrianne is going to speak to about science. Dr. Holdren showed good humor and readily agreed.

Thanks much to Dr. Holdren for spending the day in Boulder!


  1. Isn't John Holdren one of the main critics of Bjorn Lomborg's book "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and campaigned to get Lomborg stripped of his PhD?

  2. Mindy

    For a good discussion of John Holdren's past writings on the environment - which he has never owned and accounted for - read Robert Bradlee Jr.'s series of posts here:


    On balance, I see nothing - absolutely nothing - to thank this guy for.

  3. Roger, I was dissapointed to hear you voted for Obama. Tell me Roger, what actually was "Honest" about his hope and change sentiment. If you were so naive to vote for O, I can't possibly read your material in the same light. Maybe it is the altitude.

  4. -3-Robert

    Thanks for the comment ...

    " If you were so naive to vote for O, I can't possibly read your material in the same light."

    Does this perhaps mean that tornado damage has actually gone up? Or economic growth down? ;-)

  5. Roger, you said "Does this perhaps mean that tornado damage has actually gone up? Or economic growth down? ;-)". Not quite sure what your getting at. I guess I should know that you are an academic first, American second. I read the Honest Broker but am nonplussed by someone who was capable of that academic excellence being the same naive person that fell for the Obama BS.

  6. Roger, no, I believe you are an honest broker when data analysis is concerned. It is just that I will probably read you less often now that I know you were naive enough to publicly admit you voted for O. Especially as regards your policy prescriptions.

  7. Roger, do you recall the T.S. Elliot quote" Half the harm that is done in the world
    Is due to people who want to feel important.
    They don’t mean to do harm—but the harm does not interest them.
    Or they do not see it, or they justify it
    Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
    To think well of themselves. ——T.S. Eliot (The Cocktail Party)

  8. -5, 6, 7-Robert

    Thanks, I think you've made your point.

  9. Thanks. Was the pointed deflected or reflected?

  10. Well, to be fair to Roger (and I didn't vote for Obama), it was possible to choose him as President without getting caught up in all the hype. I held my nose and voted for McCain, but I regret not voting Libertarian.

    That said, I found the iconography and the tenor of the Obama campaign to be disquietingly anti-rational and atavistic.

    Holdren has held strange views and written strange things for a long time. He seems to hew to a flavor of anti-liberalism (in the old-fashioned sense) distinctive to physicists, which holds social and policy choices to be completely resolvable by reason, and that once rational choices are made, contrary opinion is simply erroneous and therefore does not deserve tolerance. At the same time, our tolerance surely demands we treat him with due respect.