Archive for February, 2007

Check out the Danger Room

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Some changes on the horizon. I’ve been pretty light posting here over the past few months — mostly because I’ve been on nonstop travel and working under some crushing deadlines.

That’s about to change. I’m now in the process of transitioning to full-time book writing, along with working on a couple pet projects. I’ll also be contributing to a new Wired blog on defense technology, called Danger Room.  

Danger Room is the brainchild of Noah Shachtman, who founded and ran the Defense Tech blog for several years. Its contributors are some of the usual suspects: David Axe, my colleague at Defense Technology International, the incredibly talented Arms Control Wonk, and a few other regulars from the Defense Tech world.

My first posting for the Danger Room is on, you guessed it, a possibly stupid weapon (or actually, in this case, a stupid countermeasure). In either case, the blog is off to a great start, so please check it out.

Speaking Today

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Skeptic.jpg The National Capital Area Skeptics have invited me to speak today at Tysons-Pimmit public library in Falls Church, Va. on my book Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld.

While Imaginary Weapons will be the primary focus of my talk, I plan on speaking a bit about some of the lessons learned from my recent Washington Post Magazine article on mind control (which ironically, has been criticized for not being skeptical enough).

The point I hope to make is that skepticism doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to understand (and sometimes even empathize with) those who believe things that appear far-fetched.