The Parallels Between Evolution Denial and Climate Denial

October 21, 2015

Another nice vid from Collin Maessen, taken from our interviews at last year’s American Geophysical Union Conference.

Description:

Eugenie Scott is an American physical anthropologist and a former university professor who served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education from 1987 to 2014. She’s one of the strongest voices that challenge the teaching of young earth creationism and intelligent design in schools.

In this clip she talks what the similarities are between evolution science and climate science denial.

4 Responses to “The Parallels Between Evolution Denial and Climate Denial”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    The latest issue of skeptic magazine ( http://www.skeptic.com/magazine/archives/20.3/ ) contains a story about a contest Alfred Russel Wallace entered in 1870 to prove the Earth was round. (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Russel_Wallace#Flat_Earth_wager for a less detailed version of the story).

    Every citizen today should read this story along with reactions by his opponent, John Hampden, who believed data from Wallace’s experiment proved the Earth was flat. Wallace was declared the winner and so won 500 pounds but lost it all in court costs when Hampden would not stop personal attacks while refusing to accept the experimental evidence. Why would the courts allow this? Remember that this occurred in Victorian England at a time where many respectable people where spiritualists and many also attended séances.

    The point I am trying to make is this: today’s climate change deniers claim to be on the side of Galileo but they are really “flat Earthers”.

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Eugenie Scott and the NCSE have fought the good fight for decades and have had some successes in the creationism vs. evolution battle. That battle will go on forever, unfortunately, simply because the fundamentalists will never give up their beliefs or their desire to impose them on everyone else. That’s just what true believers do (case in point, present-day Muslim fundamentalists)

    There is not a perfect “parallel” between evolution denial and climate change denial simply because there is no biblical “story” on climate that parallels Genesis, and therefore no direct faith-based reason to deny climate change.

    The bible-thumpers have backed into being climate change deniers because they have been hoodwinked and coopted by the fossil fuels interests, who oh-so-cleverly used “social issues” like religion, abortion, gay rights, and immigrants to move them into the “less government, less regulation, and ANTI-science” mode that the Kochs, the Merchants of Doubt, and now Exxon have been promoting.

    Yes, today’s climate change deniers are “flat Earthers”, but they are better described as suckers and simply stupid people who have let themselves be used. An army of the brain dead that will help destroy the planet.


    • Here’s a quote for you:

      America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.
      ~ David Letterman

      • dumboldguy Says:

        There’s lots of evidence out there showing that we are too dumb to be allowed to survive. Sticking with just the bible-thumpers, here are a couple more tidbits.

        Around half of the people in the United States believe that God created earth somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago.

        Around half of Americans do not know that Judaism came before Christianity. So, despite the fact that Jesus was a Jew, nearly half of Americans believe that Christianity is older than Judaism. As Bill Maher put it, “half of Americans look at the Old Testament and the New Testament and do not know which came first.”

        Upwards of 60% of Americans believe in the story of Noah’s Ark, word by word. Meaning that more than half of this country believes that a guy built an ark, put all of the world’s animals in there (including all of the fish and sea creatures), told them not to kill each other, fed them who-knows-what during the flood, and then put each animal (and dinosaur?) in the specific climate in which they would prosper.


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