Here are a couple of really good youtube science channels that I just found out about. They both were created by Henry Reich. He’s the sole creator of MinutePhysics and a co creator of MinuteEarth. They have a similar style, but deal with different subject matter.
With all the stupidity on Youtube, and the internet in general, its nice to know there are a few genuinely educational channels out there. This is made even more so, given the fact that most of what passes for “educational TV” nowadays is a joke. Television networks like the Discovery Channel often seem to care more about money than facts, and have even lied to scientists, to get them to appear on their dumb shows.
Both these youtube channels on the other hand, appear to be totally legit. They’re also family friendly, which is another positive thing about them. Both channels are great, especially if you have children who or interested in science, or if are a mom or dad who wants to spark your kid’s interest. The videos are also incredibly cute, and many of the videos include some nice humor if you watch the cartoon while listening.
First lets check out MinutePhysics
Here are just three videos he posted on that channel.
Why is the Solar System Flat?
Why are Stars Star-Shaped?
How to Find an Exoplanet
Now Lets checkout, MinuteEarth
Why is it Hot Underground?
The Secret Social Life of Plants
How to Build a Better City
Not believing in science is like not being sexually attracted to the sun: It’s not applicable, it doesn’t care, and it still works to make your modern life possible, whether you like it or not.Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images
No matter how romantic sunsets are. Or how euphemistically you say “fusion.”
Unfortunately, some people think there’s a war between scientific equipment and invisible spirits, and instead of inventing the Ghostbusters, they declared war on understanding itself. The Internet recently shared this page from a science textbook:BJU Press
Making the Insane Clown Posse look like electromagnetic masterminds.
Obviously that’s too stupid to be real, but publishing such things anyway is Bob Jones University’s entire deal. They’re a private Christian university and press, and that page is from their Christian home schooling book Science 4. It’s a stupider attack on the future than How to Hide Land Mines in Time Capsules for Dummies, and even more damaging for the target market. Gary Busey’s science textbook was better. I found a copy of Science 4 with the teacher’s study guide, and America, when you notice your students starting to misspell IQ tests, now you’ll know who to blame.
So glad they wouldn’t be allowed to use this “science” textbook in our public schools at least.
I haven’t written that much myself lately, mostly just a couple of pages where I post part of another article to bring it to your attention and maybe post a brief comment on it, or two. For that reason alone, I really wanted to do this, that and hopefully encourage some of you to join in and make these guys suffer even more for not using their critical thinking skills. You could also tell us about some other wingnut stupidity.
Now lets begin our story.
The epic battle started with this tweet. It had nothing to do with climate change, although it is certainly wishful thinking that ignores historical facts.
But of course they wouldn’t listen,
Vicious Babushka had a great reply, unfortunately and unsurprisingly these guys don’t get science, or they just don’t want to get it. Anyway its all some conspiracy for the government to gain more control over our lives. We should just ignore the fact that too many scientists would get nothing out of it. Not to mention what you’d have to gain as a climatologist, if you could debunk the idea that carbon dioxide and other green house gases are heating up the planet. Also we have to ignore how much easier things would be for everyone if anthropogenic climate change didn’t exist.
I was glad however to see that at least one other people had come along who saw the forest for the trees.
@FreedomDisciple Did you really say that the EPA killed more people than oil and coal? Someone whacked you pretty hard with a stupid stick.
Off course FreedomDisciple doesn’t like facts. He prefers his anti science, anti government delusions.
His responses to me were no better.
Then I decided to deal with her nonsense.
I then directed Victoria to something I wrote, thinking that maybe when she saw how few scientist actually accepted climate change compared to those that don’t, she might actually change her mind.
Turns out that was wishful thinking. Turns out she doesn’t like our website either.
Then the anti science wingnuts answer to the Lone Ranger came down to take on us “tree huggers.” He came to shout off nuggets of “truth” to us from his steed of justice.
But I fired back with our greatest weapon, Neil Degrasse Tyson.
I’m betting if I actually googled what Jim Withrow1 suggested I’d get a bunch of wingnut sites talking about how “evil” us “tree huggers” are. Then he expected us to believe this.
Then JimWithrow1 the Wingnut Ranger showed us just how much he understood Climate science, not to mention what he thought was a “credible source”
Then as Vicious Babushka would say came the butt hurt.
And they still refused to accept the unpleasant reality of climate change.
@CriticalDragon1 Who do I trust, you or an 80 year old man who was on GMA and founded the Weather Channel? No brainer. Bye!
@JackieKarlsen Oh he found the weather channel? I don't care, that doesn't prove anything. The scientific community says I'm correct. 1/2
I have yet to get a reply. I guess its just too much for them to embrace reality, when it would mean doing stuff they don’t like, like having to figure out how to cut green house gas emissions.
Update 6/1/14 at 6am : Added a link to The Hayden Planetarium’s page on Neil Degrasse Tyson
Update 6/1/14 at 7:52am : there was one tweet I forgot to include. The lone ranger returned and revealed the “real” culprit behind the “global warming conspiracy.”
@CriticalDragon1 This GW scam is taking money out your pocket too, and putting it in greedy rich white Al Gore's. Think for minute!
No wonder so few scientists believe climate change is a hoax.
Alas, the cartoonist drew the hero of the working class carrying a weapon of the capitalist running dog imperialist armies….. O_o er, sorry. Did I say that out loud? :whistles:
More of the same here: actionphilosophers.com
Snort. Read all at once like that it’s even more apparent how insane the American Right is these days.
We are all familiar with the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” And this motto may ring true when it comes to tackling age-related memory loss; a new study from Loma Linda University in California finds that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn, improves memory.
The research team, led by Dr. Gurinder Singh Bains, recently presented their findings at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego.
It is well known that too much stress can negatively affect health. Medical News Today recently reported on a study suggesting that stress may worsen allergies, while other research indicates that it makes the brain more susceptible to mental illness.
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This isn’t easy for me. We’ve never really got on very well, but it’s time I was honest. The truth is, I’ve always felt nervous around you, like I need to apologise for something. I’m not exactly sure why, but I find it difficult to ask for you or talk about you, and when you come up in conversation, I go bright red and change the subject.
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