“Do Your Own Research”, says Flat Earther
February 18, 2017
Kyrie Irving is, I guess, a basketball player, but apparently gunning, now, to be a member of the Donald Trump cabinet.
He has “done his own research”, and discovered that the earth is flat. A fact that “they’ don’t want you to know. This is where the war on science is taking us.
Pressed to explain himself, Irving spoke of “particular groups” and a mysterious “they” who want to convince us Earth is round.
“It’s right in front of our faces,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.
The podcast was being recorded on a plane, which Kyrie attempted to use as evidence for his claims.
“What I’ve been taught is that the earth is round,” he continued. “But if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that, can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets.”
Does this remind you of anything?
Here, new Secretary of Education Betsy Devos reminds us that 4th graders should be taught to critically evaluate the last 40 years of findings by the National Academy of Science.
BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior.
This is the third year the Idaho Legislature has struggled to agree on science standards for public schools. Previous efforts that included references to global warming and the origin of the universe have been rejected by Republicans unhappy that the language didn’t offer alternative views.
The last time Idaho’s science standards were updated was in 2001 – sparking criticism from educators that the current system is too vague and lacks depth.
The version approved Thursday had originally included the need to reduce and monitor human impacts on climate change. For example, the standards would require teachers to ask students questions on the causes of rising global temperatures over the past century with an emphasis on the major role of human activity.
It was also required students understanding that human activity can disrupt ecosystems and threaten certain species.
However, Republicans on the House Education Committee amended the rules on Thursday to remove those sections before approving them. The committee’s Democratic members opposed.
The vast majority of peer-reviewed studies, science organizations and climate scientists agree the world is warming, mainly due to rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Most of the increase in temperature comes from man-made sources, including the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, deforestation and livestock raising.