30 September 2011

Sport Break

Blogging here will be light for the next week or so as I am off presenting a paper on FIFA reform and also blogging the Play the Game conference in Cologne (which those interested can follow along with here).

One of my interests in sport is that it provides a wonderfully rich laboratory for research in the social and decision sciences. Might the cartoon above have another tagline besides "all sports commentary"?  Please enter your suggestions in the comments ;-)


  1. I think that if you haven't read this, you might find it interesting.


  2. Thanks Joshua, for your blog reading pleasure:


  3. Thanks, Roger.

    I followed you post to that blog earlier. I look forward to reading it in the future. As a Phillies fan, I already enjoyed the post about the probabilities of Wednesday night's events. The long odds made watching the Braves go down in flames all that much more enjoyable. (I am a bit of a closet Red Sox fan, however, so that wasn't as enjoyable. But then again, like the Braves, they've played so poorly and had so many injuries it really an outlier, IMO, that they didn't make the playoffs. That's what an abstracted look at the statistics misses).

  4. You couldn't possibly be referring to socio-economic scenarios aka storylines?

    Enjoy Cologne!

  5. "You couldn't possibly be referring to socio-economic scenarios aka storylines?"

    Exactly. Debates about sports, and more particularly debates with sabermatricians, serve as an interesting object lesson for observing the debates about climate change or other "tribal" debates.

  6. One more thing...

    A while back, I watched an online video of a talk that you gave (mostly about the economic practicality of reducing CO2 emissions) as one of a series of lectures about climate change at a university in Western Canada, I believe (as I recall, it preceded a lecture give by Oreskes?) I found the talk interesting, but I'm looking for the link again and I'm having some trouble finding it. Do you know what lecture I'm talking about, and if so, can you provide a link?

  7. I'll take "Extreme Weather Events" for $100, Roger...

  8. -5-Joshua

    I haven't appeared with Naomi (that'd be fun though;-)

    You see see more than you want, plus others from our Center at this clearinghouse of videos:

  9. - 7 - Roger,

    Your talk and that of Oreskes were separated by a couple of weeks, but hers was subsequent to yours in the series.

    I already looked at the list at that clearinghouse but didn't find the video of the lecture I'm referring to.

    If you can even remember the university where you gave the lecture, I can probably find the video. Some kind of institute of climate change studies that sponsored the lecture series, but as I recall, the institute was affiliated with a university?

    If you can't figure out what lecture I'm referring to, no big deal - I won't clutter up any more threads asking for a link.


  10. -8-Joshua

    This must be it:


  11. New caption for the cartoon.

    "Climate Science"