I guess because the universe is explained so much better by a fable involving a talking snake and a magic apple.
"[A report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science] warns that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing."
Fundamentalists respond during the premier of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
This is why education and science communication are important.
I was laughing at this until it dawned on me that these people were not being ironic.
Now I’m depressed.
I’m one of those rare types of Christians who think that evolution explains creationism better than creationism does. A rare breed indeed.
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s tortoises all the way down!” -Stephen Hawking
Stories to Watch: 3/11/14.
Three years after the nuclear accident, Fukushima is still a disaster.
John McCain responds to a PPP poll showing him with the lowest approvals in the Senate by calling the poll “bogus.” The claim doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny and McCain’s counter-evidence is laughable.
While it could easily be dismissed as a publicity stunt, Ed Kilgore argues that last night’s Senate all-nighter on climate change was an important first step in finally entering the war between corporate propaganda and science. ThinkProgress' Ari Phillips says Dr. Suess would’ve been happier with dems' efforts than with Ted Cruz's “Green Eggs and Ham” stemwinder.
CNN Money reports that “76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.” Seems like something somebody oughta do something about, doesn’t it? Maybe if the House Republican majority votes to repeal Obamacare for the 51st time, that’ll do the trick.
Chris Christie handed out pieces of 9/11 wreckage as souvenirs to political cronies.
Debt collectors are harassing veterans in a scam to collect debts they don’t actually owe, Another little something someone oughta do something about — when they get finished with the pressing business of repeatedly trying and failing to take health coverage away from people, of course.
Finally, the strange story of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 gets stranger.
[cartoon via Truthdig]
All the rest is bullshit to sell self-help books, gender stereotypes, and standup comedy routines.