In part 2 of my series on evidence against science conspiracy theorists, I want to tackle a video I found about some so-called "proofs" for a flat earth.
There are some absolutely outrageous things being said out there in the ongoing attempts of Creationists to prove their case. In this video, however, some blatantly false and easily countered claims are made. Please watch as I react to some of the claims. To learn more about the actual science on evolution, follow the links shown at the end of the video to some reliable websites from highly reputable sources. Thank you for watching. More to come in the near future. If you have any websites you want me to watch and react to, or if you want to suggest a particular topic, send me a comment.
There are so many people today who dismiss the importance of science. Unfortunately, many of them are our elected officials who are responsible for deciding how many programs, embedded in science and technology, receive their funding. Many continue to support the well de-bunked, misinformed notion of vaccines causing all manner of health issues, deny climate change, support creationism as a valid alternative science to evolution, and many other science issues. Scientists are vilified as elitist puppets of a liberal agenda.
Have we forgotten that the world we live in today is here, to a great extent, because of science? Take a look around you. I be you will be hard pressed to not find a dozen or more items you depend on every day, even take for granted, within one minute of your observation. Let me help remind you of some of the critical things we use every day which might not be quite so obvious:
And let's not forget the more obvious: cell phones, laptops, solar panels, wind turbines, gasoline, LED lighting, electricity, cars, airplanes, televisions, movies, and pretty much all the other modern conveniences we appreciate so much.
Now maybe this lack of awareness is simply due to the fact that so many of us do not understand how science works, or that only incredibly brilliant people can possibly understand science. NONSENSE! Most of us actually do science every day. We form hypothesis, informed guesses about how something we want to accomplish might turn out. We experiment, try various methods of accomplishing the task, and then come to a conclusion about which strategy worked best. That, in a nut shell, is science. Nothing mysterious or mystical about it. Science is simply a prescribed strategy for learning how the physical world around us works. If more of us took the time to learn more about the process of science, maybe we wouldn't be so afraid of it.
To get you started, here is a link to a very simple, easy to understand website designed to teach us how science works:
Science is full of things that defy our imagination. Despite everything we experience in our everyday world, reality can be completely contrary and blow our minds. Only by actually testing our thoughts (experiment on a hypothesis) can we learn how this physical universe actually works.
If you know of a family with a special needs child, or maybe several, reach out to them this Mother's Day, and every other day of the year. The sense of isolation and frustration can be extreme at times. Just knowing others out there in the world are thinking about them, and care about them can be a tremendous help. So can an offering of ready-to-heat dinners, an afternoon of free babysitting so they can take a time out for themselves, whatever you can do. No judgments, no rationalizations of how it will be better some day, just a sincere friendly offer to be there.
Follow this link to a wonderful and inspirational blog from some folks who understand. community.fireflyfriends.com/blog/article/thinking-of-the-special-needs-moms-that-are-struggling-on-mothers-day
How long will it take before the supporters of creationism get the notice that their religious belief is not actual science, now matter how loudly they shout it? Now don't get me wrong, I believe that religion is a perfectly valid, and important endeavor in our lives. People of faith have made tremendous impacts in our history for the betterment of mankind. Religion, ALL religions, have their place in the educational system. HOWEVER, they are NOT science and have no place in the science classroom!
Science studies the physical universe which requires physical evidence to form one's hypothesis and multiple peer reviews before becoming accepted in the scientific community. Religion and faith are ways to understand the spiritual universe. The two require entirely different mindsets and approaches. In my humble opinion, both are necessary for one to become a well-rounded and educated individual, but they are two separate entities.
Once again we are faced with legislation in several states; Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Illinois, to name a few, where bills have been put forward to require, or at least encourage, creationism to be taught in the science classroom. You can click on teh buttons below to read the related articles.
The Supreme Court of the United States, as well as numerous federal courts, have repeatedly shot down these attempts to disguise a very particular christian viewpoint, one that does not reflect the view of most of the largest mainstream christian religions by the way, and insert it into the public education system. It is my hope that those of us who do not support this effort will stand up and make our voices be heard too. We can no longer afford to sit back and simply shake our head at the silliness of these repeated attempts to deny real science.
To those out there who don't agree with the creationism viewpoint, but think it is only fair for all sides of the issue to be heard, please do some more research. There is no debate or problem within the science community, no matter how much those individuals pushing the legislation would like you to think there is. Ninety-Eight percent of scientists world-wide are in full agreement with evolutionary theory. The only controversy out there is the political one raised by creationists. Political controversy is not the same thing as scientific disagreement. It is not "only fair" to teach something as science which has no basis in science. A comparative religions class would be perfectly fine to teach this ideology, but not the science classroom. The two are not, and have never been the same thing.
To help begin this research, here are a few links to sites where you can learn more about evolution and what it actually is about, and the scientific counterpoints to creationist statements.
Here is an interesting interview where Bill Moyers and Neil Degrasse Tyson discuss the importance of scientific literacy in today's America. It is a couple of years old, but still very relavent.
I brought my collection of toys to the library yesterday and talked with kids and parents about the science behind how the toys worked. So much fun. Everyone had a great time playing and learning together. I also set out a table for my books. Unfortunately, no sales but several attendees did take some of my bookmarks with the thought of ordering some later.
An author friend of mine, Marie Lavender, recently featured me in a blog post in which she interviewed me about books I have read which inspired me the most. Click on the button below to read the interview,
Another of Marie's blogs featured one of my main characters, Maliche Rocker. This post took the form of an interview with this character from my book, Recusant. Something a little different from the ordinary author interview. Click on the button below to read this one.
Marie has interviewed many great authors during 2016, and has written about many interesting author related topics. If you would like to read her year in review blog for 2016, cljick on the button below. You won't be disappointed.
I try not to be political here, but please allow me one small exception to this rule. I want to respond to all of the fear and anxiety out there since the last election. I'll be honest, my candidate did not win, and I too am apprehensive about the future. HOWEVER, I have been disappointed in previous election results and heard many of the same dire predictions of disaster looming on the horizons. While yes, there were some very difficult times, we survived them and recovered, for the most part. We will again.
All the rhetoric of hatred and violence out there needs to end. On both sides. The campaign seems to have brought out the worst in many of us. Some as a result of feeling it was now alright to voice their innermost voices of bigotry and hatred toward those who are different, and others out of fear for their future and their families. It is time to put all of that aside and start to take a more positive, solution-based approach to our differences.
To the protesters out their, if you want your voice heard, fine. Protest. That is your constitutional right. But do so in a peaceful and non-violent manner. Respect property and the rights of others. Remember Mrs. Clinton's campaign slogans? Stronger Together and Love trumps Hate? It is time to make those more than mere slogans. Put them into action. If you are a supporter of Mr. Trump, congratulations. Celebrate. But listen to his call for unity and bringing all of us together now. Put aside the rhetoric of hatred and anger. Lets work together for positive, mutually beneficial progress.
In this country, we are made up of a wonderful diversity of ethnicity, education, occupations and interests. What works well for one may be detrimental to others. No one solution will be satisfactory for everyone. This is why compromise is so vital to our ability to govern. When both parties on an issue can sit down and work out their differences so both can claim some victory, then we can all recognize progress is made. When one side is too stubborn, or too proud to admit that their philosophy and ideals may not be for everyone, and they refuse to negotiate a compromise, then we stagnate and wallow in defeat. The art of compromise has only recently become maligned as somehow not really believing in ones principles. Historically, it is how our government has met the needs of our growing diversity.
Can we return to a more civil way of working together? Can our leaders please sit down together in good faith and produce the legislation we need as a people? Put an end to the endless rounds of litigation and investigations simply because you disagree with a policy. Work instead to improve those things you do not like. If enough others agree with you, then change can happen. If not enough agree with you, then deal with it and move on. When those in charge hang on to their personal beliefs despite being overruled multiple times, and would rather see nothing happen than admit their ideals are not what everyone wants, then their actions seem more like a spoiled child acting out a tantrum than any sort of true leadership.
We need to ensure our voices are heard, especially if our candidate lost. Contact your elected officials regularly to tell them what you think and remind them they are there to represent everyone in their district. Participate in your local political organizations. Donate to causes you believe in. There are many ways to be heard.
Thank you for letting me have my say today. In the future, I promise, no more politics. I'll return to promoting fun and interesting science from now on.