Weaving through a world of science, philosophy, communication and meaning.

William of Ockham warned us not to multiply entities beyond necessity; though clearly the number of entities that are necessary increases every day, and we must find ways to deal with these new children of our minds and technologies. Apart from being the self indulgence of an Australian geologist who dabbles in philosophy, photography and science communication, this blog records a few thoughts along these lines.

If you feel the urge, you may email me here: geophilosopher (at] gmail [dot> com

Ok, so if you NEED to know more…

I used to work in minerals exploration, hunting around the eastern goldfields of Western Australia for gold and nickel for some fairly large mining companies. My retreat from the glorious heat and flies was largely to do with spending more time at home. Fly in, fly out rosters do very little good on the home front I have found. I’m now in academic research.

I still get to explore out in the field sometimes, and there is something visceral about getting your hands dirty whilst looking at rocks and the landscape, trying to unlock the ancient geological story. This is what I love about geology, what seems to be a mere fixture in a landscape or a just an unusual rock under the ground, turns out to tell you something about how that landscape got to look like that. And that has implications; for the location of valuable minerals, and for finding a good water supply. More than that though, it is a piece in the grand ride that resulted in me being here writing this; and you reading it. This amazing planet we’re all on has a history, and its only been in the last century that we’ve started to be able to tell that story.

But I also write this blog, and have developed quite an interest in the ‘community’ of science blogs. So below is a developing potted history of things I’ve done in science blogging:

Hosted and edited Scientia Pro Publica – Edition 43 (a world-wide science blogging carnival)

Editors selection at Researchblogging.org for my piece on earthquakes and volcanoes in Saudi Arabia.