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About to Get Political on YouTube

Tomorrow, I’m recording my weekly science news video. It’ll be uploaded on Thursday. Over the first two weeks, I haven’t done anything remotely political, but this week, one of the biggest science news stories has to do with the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States. The chief of the EPA is a climate change denier and has made a conclusion about climate change and carbon dioxide without actually knowing the science.

I’ll be keeping my opinion out of the video, as I just want to report the news on it. But I’ll say it here: you can’t make a scientific conclusion if you haven’t actually studied the science. His opinion won’t change reality. Unless he shows evidence that he is correct, I won’t accept his conclusion.

The same goes for any science-deniers. Deny evolution? Think vaccinations cause autism? Give us the evidence. Not anecdotal evidence. Not opinions disguised as evidence. Not the Bible. Not Andrew Wakefield. If you can show that the science is wrong without any doubt, you’ll win the Nobel Prize.

So, show me the evidence.

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For My Daughter’s Future

I openly oppose what Donald Trump has been doing. If you understand why, then we probably have similar opinions. If you don’t understand why, then you need to step back and examine the consequences of his actions. 

Why do I oppose him, but I’m not actually American? What the US does in many cases can have effects all around the world, especially the environmental issues. This has me worried for my daughter’s future. Still don’t understand? I’m not sure if you ever will. It doesn’t need to be explained. It seems like common sense to me. 

That’s all I’m going to write about this on this blog, unless something especially disturbing happens. I will continue to see what happens.

Controversial Opinions?

Facebook shares, news articles, and Trump. What do they have in common? A good amount of anti-science garbage. There are times when you see your friends and family sharing things from David Avocado Wolfe or Food Babe, or you see news articles about the new Ark Encounter in Kentucky or Texas school boards trying to get Creationism in science textbooks, or you hear Trump talk about how climate change is a conspiracy or that vaccines cause autism, and you just want to slap some common sense into people.

So, here it is. Vaccines do not cause autism. There is no evidence. Climate change is happening. There’s a ton of evidence. There was no global flood in 2348 BC. There is no evidence, and a lot of civilisations were around at that time with no record of any such flood (not to mention they didn’t realise that they supposedly disappeared, when they most certainly did not). Non-avian dinosaurs did not live at the same time as humans. They predate modern humans by around 65 million years. Evolution happens. Yes, it has been observed (quite easy when you look at microbes). There’s no evidence of any kind of damage or sickness from eating genetically modified foods. Remember, pretty much all cultivated foods that we eat have been modified over centuries or millennia. You can’t avoid chemicals in food. Everything is made up of chemicals. Water is a chemical. Protein is a chemical. Want to avoid chemicals? Then don’t eat, drink, or breathe.

Anti-intellectualism is incredible strong, especially in the United States. Look at the Republican Party’s candidate for President. It’s a scary situation if he gets elected. People need to be educated. Science is something that doesn’t rely on emotion. The science doesn’t change if you believe it or not. It’s still true. A ball falls whether you believe it or not. The Theory of Gravity isn’t “just a theory.” Cells exist in your body, they divide, and they have a structure whether you believe it or not. Cell Theory isn’t “Just a theory.” Dinosaurs existed and they still exist in the form of birds whether you believe it or not. The Theory of Evolution isn’t “just a theory.” Scientific theories aren’t something you can dismiss as “just a theory.” They are an explanation of observable facts. They’re not a guess.

Don’t agree with me? That’s fine. You don’t have to agree with me. The science will still be true. It doesn’t need your approval to be true.

Don’t Believe the Mt. Etna CO2 Meme

Have you seen this floating around on Facebook or Twitter?

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Don’t believe it. Don’t believe one word of it. Check this out. It’s a link to the Snopes article explaining why it’s not true. Simply, Mt. Etna releases the same amount of carbon dioxide in an eruption as a small European country does in one day. It’s rather insignificant when compared to the world.

I’ve seen this going around on Facebook with people believing every word of it. They’d take the word of a meme that cites no legitimate sources over the consensus of more than 99% of climate scientists. They say it’s a hoax or conspiracy. “They” are climate change deniers, people who have no formal training in climate science or atmospheric science. They are people who have no idea what science is.

I will fight against ignorance. When you understand the science, then I’ll take you seriously. If you look at all evidence and come to an unbiased conclusion, then I’ll listen. Unfortunately, all the people I’ve seen arguing that climate change isn’t happening are doing so from a political point of view, or they feel that local economics are more important than the future of our planet and the lives of our children and grandchildren. Such arrogance. Such self-centred righteousness.

The Champions for Science Education

With the state of science education and anti-science sentiment today, there are some champions who are fighting against the evils of climate change denial, anti-vaccination groups, contrail conspiracy theorists, and advocates of creation being taught in science. These heroes I would like to call The Champions for Science Education. I’d like to introduce you to these amazing people.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson_-_Apollo_40th_anniversary_2009This American astrophysicist has been a strong advocate for science for quite some time. He’s amazing. He is my hero. He would be the leader of the group. He has incredible super science teaching abilities, and has a devastating anti-science annihilation technique. Recently, he shot down a flat-earther, who just happens to be a rapper by the name of B.o.B. He currently has a podcast called Star Talk, and was the host of the revival of Cosmos, originally hosted by Carl Sagan.

Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Bill Nye

Also known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, this educator, scientist, engineer, TV host, and actor is another champion of science education. He’s willing to go the distance to fight against the evil anti-science villains, such as Ken Ham, who he debated at the Creation Museum. He became famous while hosting Bill Nye the Science Guy, and is now the Executive Director of the Planetary Society, which counts Carl Sagan as a co-founder. He’s even taken an astronomy class taught by Sagan. He’s a fighter for awareness of climate change and space science, among others. He’s a real warrior for the cause of science education.

Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Phil Plait

Known as the Bad Astronomer, he’s actually not a bad astronomer. He fights against bad astronomy. He’s one amazing warrior, battling against the evils of climate change denial, anti-vaccination, and anything anti-science in general. He takes on pseudoscience, and has tackled many conspiracy theories related to astronomy, and especially the moon landing hoax. He’s written Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies, and even worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. He was President of JREF, an organisation dedicated to educating the public on finding the truth, rather than accepting everything they’re told. He is a great addition to the group.

Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a retired university professor, TV host, and environmentalist who is well-known for his TV show The Nature of Things. He’s a biologist who worked in the genetics department of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. And he is now battling the evils of the enemies of Mother Nature. Fighting climate change is his passion, and he’s always teaching people about the dangers of what could happen if we don’t stop this destructive change. He’s probably the most famous scientist in Canada, and his reputation helps him promote science education.

Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Yvette d’Entremont

Also known as SciBabe, she’s a science blogger, chemist, and public speaker. She’s also dedicated her life to battle the evils of anti-science. She takes on pretty much anything, always working to educate the public on science myths. She’s a master at debunking poor science. Her biggest arch-nemesis is the Vani Hari, also known as Food Babe. She wants everyone to know how dangerous Food Babe’s advice can be. She is a true warrior for the advancement of science.

Follow her on Facebook.

Is there anyone else who should be a member of The Champions for Education Science? Let me know in the comments below.

Originally, I was going to call this the Justice League of Science, but I don’t want to get into any trouble from DC Comics or Warner Bros.

Mission Statement – Passions and Beliefs

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you read the following posts:

And now that you’re all caught up, it’s time for the fourth and final part of my blog Mission Statement. While those three posts talk about what you will see regularly on this blog in the future, this post will talk about some more behind the scenes things, passions of mine, and what drives me.

Education

I’m a big supporter of good education. As an English teacher and a former student, I believe in a good education. I strongly support the sciences, and think that they are an incredibly important part of education. They are what drive industry, innovation, health care, and research. Without these, society would stagnate. I’m extremely disappointed in how educators are regarded these days, and think that they deserve a lot of respect. They are what shape the youth of today and the future leaders of the world.

I’m also against misinformation by groups who deny responsible scientific research, such as anti-vaccination groups, climate change deniers, and creationists who want to take evolution out of science classes. Ignorance is not responsible education.

YouTube

Elsewhere on the internet, I’m active in making videos for my YouTube channel. At the moment, I have a huge number of Japan videos to edit and post, but in the future, I will discuss a lot about books, movies, and TV, as well as science. It’s a bit of a geeky channel. Whenever possible, I’ll be doing travel videos. I highly recommend subscribing.

Politics

In the past, I wasn’t into politics much. These days, I’m constantly watching what’s going on with the Canadian government, as well as other governments. I want to become more active politically, but not through this blog. I’m an Albertan, and my province is the most conservative in Canada. However, I am certainly not conservative. I’ve primarily been a Liberal Party supporter, and I have voted for them before.

Environment

I think this goes hand in hand with education. Good science education allows people to see the world as it is with an unbiased view. I love nature, and I wish to protect it. I’m all for research into alternative energy, and have the greatest hope in nuclear fusion. It’s clean and nearly limitless. I also support hybrid cars and advances in electric vehicles. Having lived in Japan for more than ten years, I’ve come to appreciate the train system here, and would love to see an all electric high speed rail system constructed in Canada, as well as extensive commuter rail systems in the major cities. And of course, let’s plant a lot of trees! I love homes that have trees and greenery.

While you may or may not see some of these things in my blog, I have mentioned them before. They won’t be a major part of the posts I make, but you can see aspects of them in my attitude and even my writing.

So, thank you to everyone for following this blog and reading it. I appreciate you all. You are also one of the biggest reasons I blog. The coming year will be exciting and full of new experiences, lots of writing, and hopefully a lot of books and movies. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Mars Will Be Larger than the Full Moon!

Have you heard? It’s that time of year again. Mars will appear larger than the full moon in the night sky! That’s right! Mark your calendar for August 27th! And this is my reaction:

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Excuse me as I wipe the tears from my eyes. Hahahahahahahahaha.

Seriously, how do people fall for this every single year? There are a lot of gullible people in the world. Even though this event has never happened, they still think it will because of something they read on the internet.

First of all, Mars will never be close enough to the Earth to appear larger than the Moon in the sky. Never. Got it? Never. Not going to happen. Ever. Okay?

This all started in August 2003 when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in more than 50,000 years. However, it was a whopping 55,758,000 km away. So people started suggesting it’ll appear large in the sky, so large that it’ll be larger than the full moon. It was actually a misinterpretation of the news, saying that Mars will appear as large as the full moon when viewed through a telescope, not with the naked eye.

But every year people believe this will happen. Let’s look. Here’s Universe Today explaining it. And Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy explaining it. How about Snopes? Or how about NASA themselves? They’re all from different years, but they’re all valid today.

So, people, Mars will never appear as large as the Moon in the sky. Okay? I hope that’s clear.