On Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), and other science and sex junk. CORRECTION: In this show, I claimed that the 97% percent statistic on human-caused or anthropogenic global warming comes from a survey in which less than 97 scientists took part. While surveys with such small sample sizes have occurred, this sentence was misleading because it is far from the whole story. Furthermore, while I remain skeptical, I am not opposed to the idea that humans contribute to climate change; I am only opposed to proposed UN/US government solutions to this problem (CAFE standards, carbon tax, etc...). Opposition to political outcomes does not justify an uninformed denial of the problem they supposedly aim to address. I ...Read More »
[PODCAST] #348: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 4) – Why Am I Here and What Am I Trying to Do?
Part four, and the last of the foundational episodes, in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussion: In the second installment of this series, we explored strategies for more constructive and connected communication with others. Today we discuss strategies for better communication with ourselves. We discuss some of the meta-talk in this climate change "debate" Dimensions of the Habits of Mind Value: Choosing to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors rather than other, less productive patterns. ...Read More »