The Rise Of Skeptical Science

Ventures Into Scepticism

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The rise of Skeptical Science

Video description

Everyone 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.

The website Skeptical Science wasn't created overnight, nor was the team behind it assembled instantly. It started small with John Cook starting the website and publishing the first rebuttals to climate myths. As I wasn't familiar with the story of how Skeptical Science evolved to the website it is today I had the idea to interview John about this. Despite John constantly saying "I'm just not that interesting" I eventually managed to get him in front of the camera to tell the story behind Skeptical Science.

Sources

  1. Information levels
  2. Communicating climate science in plain English
  3. Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Media resources

Interviews filmed in collaboration with University of Queensland and Skeptical Science. Full interviews available April 2015 in ‘Making Sense of Climate Science Denial‘.

Camera B interview footage provided by Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week and Yale Climate Connections.

  1. 'BLUE MARBLE: LAND SURFACE, SHALLOW WATER, AND SHADED TOPOGRAPHY' by NASA
  2. Sheldon Calls Out Climate Change Deniers

Ventures Into Scepticism