Gravity: Only a Theory

Skeptic magazine published this comic about climate change, gravity, and what pseudoskeptics get wrong when they complain that something is “only a theory.” Since I recently had a troll on the blog claiming to be well-versed in science and yet not understanding what “theory” means in the natural sciences, I thought I ought to share it. [Read more...]

The Pope, the God, and the GOP

The cartoon above by Mike Lukovich offers an amusing take on a famous painting. It nicely situates Big Oil as thinking of itself as God. One way of understanding it is that Big Oil as God is taking a bribe from the GOP (the Republican Party) to ignore the Pope. But that would represent a reversal of what [Read More...]

Movie Trailer for the Papal Encyclical

I may be mistaken, but I believe that this may be the first time in history that, even in jest, someone has made a movie trailer for an encyclical that the pope is expected to issue. The subject is climate change, and it there are high expectations for it. Does a trailer like this actually help raise expectations for [Read More...]

Evolution and the Environment

Josh Rosenau took the Pew data on churches’ acceptance of evolutionary biology and of climate science, and made a chart. The correlation is clear and striking. Jim Kidder also shared it, together with some thoughts of his own. [Read more...]

Obama’s Texas Invasion Plans Revealed

Greg Carey made this image and shared it on Twitter, and a lot of people have found it entertaining. And so I thought I would share it on the blog for more people to enjoy. There is actually serious irony to several of the arrows. Climate scientists invading from Alabama? Evolutionists from Kansas? I suppose the anti-gay [Read More...]

Inhofe Disproves Poverty and Hunger

On Facebook, Chris Code offered the following comment about Senator James Inhofe’s misguided attempt to disprove global warming by holding up a snowball: This is Republican, science-denier logic for you. What will he ask next? “If poverty is real then where did I get this money? If world hunger is real then where did I [Read More...]

Mythicism isn’t Skepticism

Josh Rosenau wrote a piece for NCSE, “Standing up for Skepticism.” Much of what it addresses in relation to climate change works equally well for mythicism and other forms of denialism. For instance, he quotes Genie Scott as saying the following: “The term “skeptic” has for several decades meant someone who applies critical thinking and [Read More...]

Bible Against Climate Change

The video above features politicians reprehensibly appealing to the Bible as though it can be used to discount the evidence for climate change, or the likelihood that its long-term impact with be catastrophic. It would make more sense to argue from the fact that there never was a worldwide flood, that non-coastal regions will probably [Read More...]


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Tomorrow and The Day After Tomorrow

As weather forecasters are warning of a “polar vortex” set to bring record low temperatures in many areas, is anyone besides me thinking back to the apocalyptic movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which envisaged global warming disrupting weather patterns, leading to a new ice age? The movie's scenario is obviously ridiculously extreme, but it is [Read More...]

Mysteries Do Not Invalidate Knowledge

A key point I emphasize in my classes is that, just because a range of views about a topic may be held by experts, that does not mean that all views are compatible with the evidence. Nor is it the case that, just because we are uncertain about the answers to some questions, everything is uncertain. [Read More...]