That’s the only way to describe EOM’s “How to Talk to an Ostrich” series of short clips answering common skeptical questions. It’s a spin-off of the PBS series “Earth the Operators’ Manual,” starring Dr. Richard Alley Continue reading →
In this 1-minute clip — from the Weather Channel’s excellent Earth Watch series — meteorologist Carl Parker takes on the conspiracy narrative, which views climate change science as a bizarre plot to topple capitalism. Parker says
“There are problems with that narrative, and one is that major corporations, the core of our market-based economy, don’t agree.
Parker checked out the official positions of the 25-largest U.S. corporations and found, Continue reading →
Well, it turned out that those pesky neutrinos were not really travelling faster than light after all. Their speed was simply measured incorrectly, due to a bad connection in the test equipment. Einstein’s theories have not been overturned.
There are parallels with the so-called climate ‘debate’. How should we react Continue reading →
Many defenders of science have tried to clarify the difference between skepticism and denial, but nobody has nailed it as succinctly as Dr. Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick & the Climate Wars, in a recent interview in Slate:
“When it comes to climate change, true skepticism is two-sided. One-sided skepticism is no skepticism at all.”
Bravo! It’s long past time to reclaim the term “skeptic” from true-believers who are only skeptical about things that Continue reading →
Uh oh. Did you know that your efforts to correct climate misinformation could be backfiring? That you may be inadvertently be reinforcing the very myths you seek to dislodge?
For a quick self-check, download this short guide,The Debunking Handbook, by Skeptical Science’s John Cook and Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky. It’s free, and in just 6 pages shows you how to avoid the “backfire effect” and make your corrections stick.
You can trust Cook and Lewandowsky’s advice; it’s all solidly grounded in cognitive psychology research.