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Science Denial

Trump: Our Kleptocrat-in-Chief Picks His Gallery of Rogues

Allen Frances | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
Allen Frances

"A man is known by the company he keeps." (Aesop, 600 B.C.) Donald Trump is a man who keeps the very worst of company. His goofy and sinister appoint...

What We're Reading

Ann Reid | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home
Ann Reid

Maybe you won't be reading in the idyllic surroundings pictured by Edmund Leighton, but the variety and depth of this week's suggested reading will engross you just as much. Or so I hope!

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Deny Science at Your Own Peril and Your Pocketbook's

David Hinckley | Posted 01.07.2017 | Science
David Hinckley

If you want to disregard science, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, that's your right as an American. Just don't forget it may come at a cost. It's no secret Tyson stands on the side of science. In fact, he has become one of the country's most prominent faces of science.

And, But, Therefore: Randy Olson and the Art of Science Storytelling, Part 3

Steven Newton | Posted 12.17.2016 | Education
Steven Newton

Climate change deniers spin a related yarn. Climate scientists, this story goes, know that there are problems with the standard thinking about global warming, but they are too afraid of the reaction of their peers and the loss of grant funding to speak out.

More Than a Body of Knowledge

Deepti Pradhan | Posted 10.28.2016 | Science
Deepti Pradhan

Not everyone needs to have a graduate level understanding of science. However, gaining scientific literacy is a process of equipping oneself with tools that augment decision-making in every aspect of life -- from making health-care decisions, to evaluating government policies.

The Too Sweet Smell of Charity

Ann Reid | Posted 10.09.2016 | Impact
Ann Reid

When is a charitable donation not a charitable donation? Well, I suppose all money comes with strings. But at what point do such strings -- or maybe even the appearance of strings -- nudge a donation out of the category of charity and into that of undue influence?

Rick Santorum Tries to Use My Research to Cast Doubt on My Other Research

John Cook | Posted 09.03.2016 | Science
John Cook

How was Santorum able to take peer-reviewed scientific research and distort it beyond recognition? To understand how science can get distorted, you need to understand the techniques of science denial.

Science and the Republicans' Annulment of the Enlightenment

John Tirman | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
John Tirman

One senses -- and fears -- that anti-science ideology is so severe and permeating the Republic base that the authenticity of science itself is under attack.

John Stossel's Science Wars Are a Phantom Menace

Steven Newton | Posted 07.02.2016 | Education
Steven Newton

Left, right, or middle of the road, we ought to be able to agree that it's important for students to learn about the science as scientists understand it without the interference of political or religious ideologues.

Santorum's Political Theology of Climate Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Former Pennsylvania Senator and recurring presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, as a devoted Catholic, recently publicly sparred with the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

Misconception Monday: Oregon Petition Edition

Steven Newton | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Steven Newton

In the end, there is no response, no counterargument that will convince a climate denialist whose mind has been made up, despite all the facts available. Like creationists, they operate in a realm where reason is suspect and emotion and intuition hold dominion over all.

Dinner Party 101: In Which Ann Meets Dr. Skeptic, Part 2

Ann Reid | Posted 05.01.2016 | Green
Ann Reid

Did I change Dr. Skeptic's mind? I don't know. But I certainly made him think a little bit.

Dinner Party 101: In Which Ann Meets Dr. Skeptic, Part 1

Ann Reid | Posted 06.29.2015 | Science
Ann Reid

it is possible to engage people who reject or doubt the established scientific consensus without starting World War III or surrendering your self-respect. It's even possible to change people's minds -- at least some people's minds, some of the time.

Combating Denial Through Play

Ann Reid | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Ann Reid

Well, I was thinking about the research that shows that people generally think scientists are competent, but they don't necessarily think they're warm or trustworthy. This (mis)perception can get in the way when scientists try to communicate their results to non-scientists.

California Begs Senator Jim Inhofe to 'Please, Throw Some Snowballs in Our Direction'

A. Siegel | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science
A. Siegel

In light of the stark contrast between the East and West Coasts, would it surprise anyone if Californians called on Jim Inhofe to throw some of his snowballs in their direction?

'Where's the Global Warming?" Thought Buffalonians -- Then They Looked at a Map

A. Siegel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

For too many, that (beautiful) white stuff somehow is a disproving item when it comes to climate change science. To try to explain that, in fact, the snow is related to climate change opens the door for ill-educated mockery.

Kate Sheppard

Conservatives Don't Hate Climate Change, They Hate The Proposed Solutions | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

Conservatives who reject the science of climate change aren't necessarily reacting to the science, according to a new study from researchers at Duke U...

You Should Vote Republican If...

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

If you prefer fiction to fact, think a collapsing economy is preferable to an improving economy, and that the superrich should keep getting more of the nation's income and wealth, vote Republican.

Science Denial And Religious LGBT Phobia

David MacMillan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David MacMillan

Both climate crisis denial and the anti-vaccination movement follow the same trend of dismissing science. But the phenomenon of religious and political science denial extends far beyond the obvious examples. It can get much worse, and much uglier.

The Science-Religion Crisis at Christian Colleges

Kelly James Clark | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Science tells us that there was no Edenic paradise, no first couple, and no sinless parents of humanity. And while most scientists and some theologians and philosophers teaching at Protestant Christian colleges know this, very few are willing to speak out.

'Daily Show' Takes On 'Liberal Idiocy' Over Vaccines

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 06.04.2014 | Comedy

Denial of scientific facts? Refusal to listen to reason no matter how overwhelming it is? Basing your belief on rumors and shaky information found on ...

Christianity and Modern Science

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

There are many conflicts between science and basic Christian beliefs that are irreconcilable. Science is not likely to change to accommodate Christianity. If Christianity changes to accommodate science, it will be difficult to still call it Christianity.

The Sun Revolves Around You? Narcissism on a Cosmic Scale

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

The center of the universe might be closer than you think -- in fact, it might be right under your feet. A conservative Catholic crank, Robert Sungenis, is now resurrecting the long-discredited geocentric model in a bizarre movie called The Principle.

Kate Sheppard

World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal company, launched a public relations and advertising campaign last month...

Nelson Mandela and the Politics of Science on HIV/AIDS

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Michael Halpern

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It is worth reflecting on his ability to transcend politics when speaking about contentious scientific issues. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the difficult politics surrounding HIV/AIDS at the turn of the millennium.