How to Lie About Climate Change Using Accurate Numbers

The National Review, a conservative publication, recently tweeted a graph showing that the average global temperature has barely risen over the past century, suggesting that global warming is a myth.

The numbers are correct but the insinuation is a perfect example of how people lie with statistics.



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Podcast Ep. 86: Dr. Ken Miller, Expert Witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Ken Miller, the expert witness for the pro-science side in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case which gutted the Intelligent Design movement. Today marks the tenth anniversary of that decision.

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Biology at Brown University and the co-author of a Biology textbook used in schools across the country. He’s also the author of Finding Darwin’s God and Only a Theory.

I spoke with him about whether evolution advocates can finally relax, how a Roman Catholic like himself reconciles science and faith, and the effect of Creationist propaganda on science literacy.

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New Paper Shows How Creationist Legislation, Ironically, Evolves Over Time

In a paper that’s both clever and depressing, Nicholas Matzke writes in the journal Science about how minor legislation in one Louisiana town morphed into anti-evolution legislation in a couple of big states.



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A Darwin Day Resolution Has Been Introduced in the U.S. Senate

A couple of weeks after Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) introduced a resolution in the House recognizing Charles Darwin‘s birthday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has just done the same in the Senate.

Senate Resolution 337 expresses “support for the designation of February 12, 2016, as ‘Darwin Day’ and recogniz[es] the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”



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Forget What the Science-Deniers Say; Evolution Really Can Be Observed

One of the arguments Creationists love to bring up is that evolution is a lie because we can’t see it happening in real time. We can try to explain that natural selection occurs over many generations and long time-scales, but they can’t handle that sort of nuance.

Thankfully, there are actually plenty of examples of evolution occurring within a lifetime. This PBS video explains one of them:



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