Scientist: Debate on Controversial Science Is “Un-American”

first_imgTo the weaponized epithets “anti-science,” “science denial,” and the rest, you can now add “un-American” as a putdown for ideas in a scientific context that you don’t like. To a proposal to debate climate science claims in a “Red Team/Blue Team” format, endorsed by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, climate scientist Michael Mann responds that doing so would be “un-American.”Julie Kelly write at The Federalist:Then there is the interminably-petulant and prosaic Michael Mann, who routinely dishes out the “denier” name to anyone who crosses him, and recently compared himself to a Holocaust survivor. Mann told ThinkProgress that the red-team concept is “un-American” and a ruse to “run a pro-fossil fuel industry disinformation campaign aimed at confusing the public and policymakers over what is potentially the greatest threat we face as a civilization.”Aha! Right there is the key objection to the entire exercise: the risk to their political power.What a great idea, though, originally proposed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Kelly describes it:It would work this way: A red team of scientists critiques a key climate assessment. The blue team responds. The back-and-forth continues until all the evidence is aired and refuted, followed by public hearings and an action plan based on the findings. It happens entirely out in the open.And that is “un-American…” Right, because as a correspondent sarcastically observes, “What could be more American than blindly and submissively accepting decrees handed down from on high by the ‘authorities’?”But in seriousness, this is something I’ve wanted to see in the evolution context for years: not a single one-off debate between advocates of Darwinian evolution versus intelligent design, but an ongoing dialogue, ideally in a published form, that seeks to drill down to the bedrock of what divides the two views. Sadly, if you substitute “evolution” for “climate change,” no doubt you could easily find Darwin defenders who dismiss that idea as “un-American” too.Photo credit: Free-Photos, via Pixabay. Intelligent Design Scientist: Debate on Controversial Science Is “Un-American”David [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 7, 2017, 3:12 PM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Tags”science denial”anti-scienceclimate changeDarwinian theoryevolutionJulie KellyMichael MannscienceThe Federalistun-AmericanWall Street Journal,Trendinglast_img read more

Train Station Employee Stops Bike Thief – Then Stays 4 Hours After Work to Wait For The Owner

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a brave London rail worker saw a bike theft in progress at his station, he knew he couldn’t stand by and let it happen.Abdul El-Gayar was clocking-off from his shift at Cannon Street station in Central London when he noticed a man using bolt cutters on a bicycle outside the entrance.“I heard the sound of a lock being snapped and I didn’t think twice. I said ‘You’re not taking that’. I couldn’t let that happen,” El-Gayar, 31, told PA News. “Voices were raised a little—I said ‘It’s not your bike’. The guy eventually gave up and walked off. I put the bike into safe storage because the lock had been broken.”Even though El-Gayar’s workday had ended, he then chose to wait until the bicycle’s owner came back—and it took four hours.“I have a bike and cycle to work; I know what value they have to people.”When Steve Farmer arrived outside the station that evening, he’d already had a stressful day. Normally he’d lock his bike up at the office, but that morning he’d forgotten his security pass. Typically he’d always have his trusty U-lock with him, but he only had his son’s bike lock this time. So he’d left his bicycle outside the station and hoped for the best.When he arrived at 6 pm and saw the cut lock on the ground where his bike had been, he thought the worst.RELATED: 15-Year-old Girl Hailed as ‘Lionhearted‘ Hero for Cycling 750 Miles With Injured Father on the Bike“I was gutted,” the 39-year-old told the Evening Standard. “I was annoyed that I had used a bad lock to lock it up with. I was resigned to the fact I would never see it again, but trudged back up to the station, thinking there was no point really in asking for the security cameras but wanted to try anyway.”At the train platform he saw El-Gayar, who had “a smile I will never forget,” recalled Farmer, who entered the code into the cut bike lock to show he was the owner.London rail worker Abdul El-Gayar by Steve Farmer – FBLater on, Farmer shared a Facebook post detailing the day’s events and the generosity of El-Gayar — who he described as “a legend of a man” and “a credit to his employer.”That post, which went up on June 29, has since been shared 134,000 times.One commenter captured public sentiment towards El-Gayar’s kind actions perfectly: “People like Abdul make the world a better place.”PEDDLE This Story Over to Friends on Social Media, And Restore Their Faith in Humanity…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Tour of Qatar: Stage 5 Report. Boonen Powers to Second Stage Win

first_imgTom Boonen took his second stage win in Qatar today, to cement his position as the race’s pre-eminent sprinter.Another long, fast lead-in to the stage finish, punctuated by identikit Qatari roundabouts, saw a long-term split reeled in by the leading group. Liquigas, who had three riders in the small break, had been going all out to keep ahead of the chase. Yet they were caught by the implacable peloton at around the 1km-to-go mark.Then, all hell broke loose as Katusha’s Danilo Napolitano spearheaded the group charge. Theo Bos broke early, only to be reminded that track pace does not easily translate to long road sprints. He should come away from Qatar with some valuable lessons on reining himself in until the last 100m, as he again blew up, this time leaving Boonen, well-marshalled by his Quickstep team-mates, to take first place in front of Napolitano and late arrival Edvard Boasson Hagen of Team Sky.Boonen, more than anyone, must be regretting letting the stage two break succeed, which saw Wouter Mol and Geert Steurs (TopSport-Vlaanderen) gain more than two minutes on their rivals. But for that, Boonen would surely be in line for a fourth Tour of Qatar win. As it is, Mol, who is riding well, looks favourite to take the Tour, nine seconds in front of Steurs and 1’45” ahead of Boonen in third place.last_img read more

“My wish would be Arsenal” – Player has clear transfer intention,…

first_imgSigning permanently for SPAL in the summer after a successful loan spell there, Alfred Gomis is doing his best to make sure the ball doesn’t up in the back of his net for the Serie A side. With the side currently 14th, conceding just 10 goals in nine games, things aren’t going too badly, and he’s trying to impress enough to earn himself a transfer to the Premier League down the line, preferably to Arsenal.Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 25-year-old admitted that one of his dreams was to play at the Emirates, and since dreams become goals in football, that’s what he’s aspiring to.He said: “My future? My wish would be Arsenal. I’ve loved the English team since I was a kid.”Embed from Getty ImagesSince Unai Emery recently signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for around £22.5m, it’s fair to say the 24-year-old is expected to be handed the baton from Petr Cech once the former Chelsea goalkeeper hands up his boots (gloves?), but there could be a space behind the German.Never say never in football.As well as featuring regularly for SPAL, Gomis has four Senegal caps to his name, most recently featuring during the international in a double win against Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undolast_img read more