The Rise Of Skeptical Science

John Cook and Naomi OreskesEveryone at Skeptical Science spends a lot of their time reading the scientific literature and listening to experts. Without that we wouldn’t be able to write all the material that’s published on Skeptical Science. It’s a lot of work, especially when you do this with a critical eye. Our goal, after all, is to ensure that what we write reflects the scientific literature on the subject as accurately as possible.

The materials created by Skeptical Science are used by teachers, politicians, and of course by users on the internet to rebut climate myths. Thanks to this a lot of people have seen materials produced by us, even though they might not know that they have.

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Scepticism And Pseudo-Scepticism

Tackling what scepticism is and explaining how to recognize pseudo-scepticism is one of the main driving forces for articles on Real Sceptic. A lot of the misinformation and incorrect scientific claims you’ll see originate from pseudo-sceptics, and knowing how to recognize them and their unsupported claims is important. Without the proper tools you’re vulnerable to the misinformation they spread.

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Judith Curry: What Is Skepticism, Anyway?

judith curryFor a while now I’ve been really busy with different projects so it took me some time to finally respond to Judith Curry’s blog post. She wrote a response to my Skeptical Science article The Skepticism In Skeptical Science that I published in June of last year.

I wrote that Skeptical Science article as there’s a significant group of science deniers that present themselves as sceptics; which they aren’t. Basically, what they do is take advantage of the different meanings and connotations surrounding the words “sceptic” and “scepticism.”

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Just Google It

Schermafbeelding 2013-02-13 om 08.59.01This sadly happens more often than I care for during discussions. I engage someone, ask for their basis/source, and they respond with a “Just google it.”

I’m sorry, but that’s not how it works.

This simple sentence can sabotage any attempt for an honest and open exchange of ideas, this is why:

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NASA Bonks Wacky 2012 Claims

A nice video about some of the 2012 nonsense that’s doing the rounds on the internet.

After all that, you mean the world is NOT going to end on December 21, 2012? Listen up, 2012ers, it’s not really going to happen, hard as that is to bear.

The issue with Dec. 21, 2012 and the predicted disasters that some folks think will come, probably started with the so-called end of the Mayan calendar. Their calendar does not end on Dec. 21, 2012. It’s just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one. It’s just like on Dec. 31st, our calendar comes to an end but a new calendar for the next year begins on Jan. 1st .

Niburu is supposed to be a planet that’s four times the size of the Earth. It’s going to get very close to the Earth and cause all kinds of disasters. So this enormous planet is suppose to be coming toward Earth, but if it were, we would’ve seen it long ago and if it were invisible somehow, we would’ve seen the affects of this planet on neighboring planets.

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TV Tricks Of The Trade

On a lot of blogs a quote has been circulating that the lead IPCC author of Chapter 8 made a shocking admittance. The latest installment of Jesse Ventura’s highly successful Conspiracy Theory show exposed millions of viewers on national TV last night to the climate change fraud, blowing a giant hole in the global warming scam by exposing how its adherents comprise wealthy industrialists…

Science Is Only Speculation

For me the internet can be a very scary place, case in point: science is only speculation. and no matter with however much they speculate, they will ALWAYS be incorrect in their assumptions. even the question of 2+2=4, it only adds to 4 depending on your consciousness level or frame of mind. I just cannot fathom why someone can have…

The Sceptic Before The Storm

Tim Minchin has produced a 9-minute poem called Storm. It tells the tale of a sceptic meeting someone who is a bit more uncritical with her opinions and evidences used for them. As I’m also a sceptic to my very core, it’s a very recognisable situation. Especially trying not to be to harsh when dealing with something that can be…