The reliability hierarchy of expert opinion

There's been a mild amount of angst on the internet in recent days over a couple of well known science communicators espousing nonsense on matters outside of their field.  The first was Bill Nye, who made comments about philosophy that most charitably could be described as uninformed.  The second was Neil deGrasse Tyson's tweets about biology expressing … Continue reading The reliability hierarchy of expert opinion

Is the human species still evolving? Of course.

It looks like Bill Nye, the science guy, is coming out with a new book on evolution, with an excerpt at Popular Science: Is The Human Species Still Evolving? | Popular Science. We cannot step away from evolution. Our genomes are always collecting mutations, and we are always making mate selections. Are humans preferentially mating with … Continue reading Is the human species still evolving? Of course.

The Ken Ham Creation Museum Ark Encounter project may have been funded

There is news out this morning that the silly Ark Encounter project may have gotten funded, although Sharon Hill is skeptical that this is true.  If it is true, and if municipal bonds really are helping to fund this thing, then the residents of Louisville, Kentucky should be alarmed by what their local government is doing, … Continue reading The Ken Ham Creation Museum Ark Encounter project may have been funded

Should Scientists Debate Creationists?

The perpetually-bowtied science educator Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is slated to debate creationist Ken Ham, the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum, on Feb. 4. Many scientists are uneasy about the debate — not because they are concerned that Ken Ham will provide new creationist evidence or arguments that will leave Nye cowering and apologizing … Continue reading Should Scientists Debate Creationists?

Bill Nye Wants To Wage War on Anti-Science Politics, Make a Movie—And Save the Planet From Asteroids | Mother Jones

But of his new endeavors, he's likely best known for his politically tinged, no-bullshit talk about science education in America. Over the past few years, he's gained wide attention on social media, the lecture circuit, and television (he's appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Live and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, among others) for countering … Continue reading Bill Nye Wants To Wage War on Anti-Science Politics, Make a Movie—And Save the Planet From Asteroids | Mother Jones

Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future

On HuffPost: Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future. On the one hand, I take heart that the creationists always seem to lose these fights.  On the other, we shouldn't be having to have the fights in the 21st century in a modern industrialized society. If you are a creationist, you … Continue reading Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future