Skeptics are more scientifically literate than alarmists!

In case you missed this, a recent study found “On the whole, the most scientifically literate and numerate subjects were slightly less likely, not more, to see climate change as a serious threat than the least scientifically literate and numerate ones.”

This was covered by Climate etc. while discussing that idiot Chris Mooney.  You can go here for the abstract.  Or click on the Climate etc. link for more of the study.  I thought it bore repeating.

Originally I had planned to rebut another moron, a “Ken Hughes” from Decatur, for a decidedly anti-Christian rant posted in a “Letter to the Editor” here.  Who is of the belief fundamental Christians (tautology?) have a low-level of scientific knowledge.  But, one of the responses to the bigoted rant included this study showing that skeptics (and by alarmist reasoning Christians) have more scientific knowledge than alarmists(non-Christians by alarmist reasoning).  I guess they’ve never heard of John Cook or Kathy Hayhoe.  But, what else would you expect from a bunch of scientific illiterates such as the alarmists.



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7 Responses to Skeptics are more scientifically literate than alarmists!

  1. Mike says:

    How did Christianity get mixed up with climate alarmism or skepticism? That doesn’t make much sense. In my experience, scientific understanding is pretty orthogonal to religious inclination.

    • suyts says:

      Mike, thanks, its a great question. I believe it can be traced to a couple of events that led to some misconceptions about Christians. First, and most obvious, is the evolution debate. And secondly, the abortion debate. Many like to simply put these issues in a box and call it science. Of course, man’s origin is a question that has been posed since recorded history. The abortion question has little to do with science, but is a question of ethics and morality. Science cannot answer this question. At any rate, these issues have led to the impression that Christians are scientifically illiterate, this is perpetuated by our media. Mainly because it has little to do with science and Christians don’t tend to frame the arguments with science.

      Obviously, this ignores the great contributions Christians have made to science throughout the ages and as it continues today. For a quick rundown of some of the greater contributors go here…… Dr. Spencer is even reviled because he professes his Christianity. Again, this ignores alarmists who have professed their Christianity. It doesn’t make much sense, but then, this climate discussion as a whole doesn’t either.

      • Mike says:

        Thanks for your reply.
        Personally, I’m a skeptic with respect to both religion and climate alarmism. However, I admire Spencer not only for his intellect but also for his integrity and strength of character, which probably are of a piece with his faith.

      • suyts says:

        I think you’re right. Dr. Spencer has gone through some pretty nasty ordeals with attacks on his professionalism and character. All, in my estimation, unwarranted. For nothing other than that, he’s has my admiration.

        If you’ve perused this blog, you’ve found that it is a skeptical blog. I try to also show the ramifications of the alarmism. As far as views on religion, there’s no requisite in order to contribute in any fashion. I just get incredibly irked when I see unwarranted, vicious attacks on people that attempt to live moral lives. The way it seems lately, is that if one does try to live a moral life he’s perceived as backwards and uneducated. This is very disturbing to me. Knowledge without morality cannot be perceived as a good thing.

        At any rate, Mike, welcome.

        James Sexton

  2. Mike Davis says:

    Check out the latest posts from CA. Two are related to the cloud issue!

    • suyts says:

      lol, yeh, I’m reading that while I can……. I’m playing with a couple of threads on WUWT and trying to mind the store here, too, while checking in on Steve’s. Its times like this, it makes it all worth it! ……… When there’s still enough beer! 😀

  3. Pingback: Christians have been and are great contributors to science | suyts space

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