Science Moms: Fighting Fear with Facts and Empathy

Science Moms is a short but important documentary that provides a calm, measured, evidence-based response to the many irrational, anti-science narratives that try to sell fear to parents and which are perpetuated by groups like Moms Across America and by individuals like Zen Honeycutt and Vani Hari (aka the “Food Babe”). The brainchild of Natalie Newell, one of the hosts […]

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A Critical Review of “GMO OMG” (Part 1): He Blinded Me with Pseudoscience

Wasting all your time on drama, could be solving real crime Waste away your mind too. ~ My Morning Jacket, “Highly Suspicious” Independent filmmaker Jeremy Seifert chose a very apt title for the anti-GMO documentary he wrote and directed in 2013. The title, GMO OMG, is an expression of incredulity, shock, and confusion about the subject he treats. These are […]

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Are Creationists Worth Debating?

Young-earth creationist and convicted tax fraudster Kent Hovind is a living testament to the fact that even paragons of ignorance can be well-spoken and capable of having a great deal of influence on people. While many well-educated and critically-thinking people may wonder just how such influence can be gained by someone who, like Hovind, has no authentic credentials whatsoever, it […]

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Chemistry and Philosophy Banned by ISIS

The combination of religious fervor and socio-political power often has devastating impacts on education. This is currently happening in northern Syria, where radical Islamic schools are banning the teaching of science and philosophy. This news comes to us via Al Arabiya News: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has established an “Islamic curriculum” for students living in the […]

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Ray Comfort in Space

Evangelical creationist minister Ray “Banana Man” Comfort is an author and video producer who is best known for the “banana fallacy,” in which he claimed that the perfection of the banana is evidence of God’s engineering prowess in designing his creation. In putting forth this argument, Comfort was blithely unaware that it was humans who designed the Cavendish banana through […]

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Science Communication in Crisis (Part 3): Solutions

To say that the general public’s penchant for credulity and gullibility is dangerous is no overstatement. If our country as a whole is to continue functioning properly, let alone to flourish and progress, the general public must become much better at critical thinking than they are now. Critical thinking must be insisted upon by university professors of all academic disciplines, […]

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Science Communication in Crisis (Part 2): Barriers to Science Education

In order to more effectively make areas of knowledge such as science and mathematics more accessible to the public, there is much that educators need to accomplish. Sadly, some segments of the general public do not have any interest whatsoever in science or mathematics. But if even a small portion of the American populace expresses interest in being able to […]

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Americans’ Belief in Astrology Persists and Grows

Author and science journalist Chris Mooney recently wrote a very revealing article for Mother Jones in which he showcases the latest analysis of the unsettling extent to which Americans misunderstand science and embrace pseudoscience. Mooney reports on a new survey compiled from a variety of sources by the National Science Foundation, which has found that nearly half of all Americans […]

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