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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.

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Science Sunday – LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves

This is the beginning of a series of weekly posts related to current events in science. I’ll pick a big story from the past week and post a video or two about it.

This week, the big news is actually incredibly huge news. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, which is run by the National Science Foundation, detected gravitational waves for the first time. This confirms what Albert Einstein theorised and what many physicists had suspected for quite some time. What caused the gravitational waves? Two black holes merged into one 1.3 billion light years away, and we were able to observe the resulting gravitational waves. Watch this video by MIT.

And here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining it. Always love having him explain things. I loved this interview.

So, basically, everything that Einstein predicted has been confirmed now. Einstein’s work is correct. Wow. Also, could this be a Nobel Prize for the team?

What do you think of this discovery? Discuss in the comments below!

Forget Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and Carson

You know what I say? Forget about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson. I know the perfect team to be President and Vice President. Hear me out.

It doesn’t matter which one becomes President, but together as a team, they would be amazing. I wonder how many people would vote for this team. They’re intelligent, popular, and well-respected. People like them. They’re honest, they have high integrity, and they truly care about the world. They are wonderful educators, very peaceful, and would lead the United States to an intellectual golden age. They are the anti-Trump/Carson duo. Who are these wonderful people?

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Who’s with me? (Even though I’m not American, but a very concerned person from the neighbouring country of Canada)

Lots of Hate for Neil deGrasse Tyson

So, this happened.  I’m really curious about people’s thoughts.  I like Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I think he’s doing great things to help educate people on science and get people interested in astronomy.  However, he’s gotten a lot of conservative Christians angry.

So, Sir Isaac Newton was born December 25, 1642 (Julian calendar).  It’s a fact that can’t be changed.  Newton was a celebrated physicist.  I could see an astrophysicist wanting to celebrate his birthday.

So, December 25th was a Pagan holiday before it was Christmas. That’s a fact that can’t be changed, either.  What’s funny is that the traditions you see on Christmas aren’t even Christian traditions (the tree, presents, Santa.  And certainly not ham, because the Bible says pork should not be eaten).

Because Tyson is in the spotlight a lot, he gets vilified.  In my opinion, I don’t care one way or the other.  I’m not a Christian, and I don’t attack religion.  I like to get along with everyone.  But on the other hand, Tyson was just stating facts.  It’s how people interpret them that’s important.

Just my thought this morning. What do you think?  Happy Holidays, everyone.

Creationism on “Cosmos?” Unlikely

When I saw this news story, I couldn’t believe it.  Honestly, who would ever believe that creationism would find a place on Cosmos, a TV show dedicated to science?

Danny Falkner of Answers in Genesis complained about Neil deGrasse Tyson not discussing the creationists’ point of view.  Of course it wouldn’t be discussed.  As Cosmos is a science show, it wouldn’t be discussing something that is strictly religious.

Let’s take a look at what Falkner said.

Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all.

No surprise about this.  That’s because creationism isn’t science.  It’s religion.  Cosmos has nothing to do with religion.

The host of The Janet Mefford Show went on to say this:

Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.

Please, provide us a list of scientists who don’t accept Darwinian evolution.  Evolution has never been successfully refuted or falsified.  It is accepted by the scientific community.

Falkner also says this:

I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it’s all on the table – and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem.’

Yes, science is all about discussing the ideas and investigating them.  Creation isn’t considered because it is not science.  It’s that simple.  Unicorns aren’t being considered, Santa Claus isn’t being considered, the Theory of Barbaric Lemons isn’t being considered, and my mother’s pickle recipe isn’t being considered.  They’re not science!  Actually, a pickle recipe is more scientific than the others, since it’s basically a kind of chemistry.

So why should creationism be featured on a strictly scientific show?  For the same reason creationism has no place in a science class.  It’s religion, not science.

What do you think?