Sometimes people ask me what topic on the radio program brings the most vociferous and hostile response among listeners. I think I surprise people when I tell them that it isn’t one of the hot button social issues like abortion or homosexuality. But it really isn’t. If I’m looking to get a reaction from folks, I’ve learned that issues relating to the left’s manipulation of science is the way to get it.
Dare to bring up the absurd assumptions upon which the Darwinian evolutionary model rests, or the crumbling foundation of global warming alarmism, and it is virtually a lock that the inbox will be flooded with folks telling you what an ignorant boob you are. Scientists (real or imagined) will come out of the woodwork to tell me that I’m not qualified to discuss scientific issues – ostensibly because I have not received a degree that confirms I have learned to regurgitate and recite conclusions consistent with the false assumptions liberal university professors embrace and teach.
So imagine my delight when I came across this study that seems to reveal the more I question global warming alarmism, the more scientifically aware I may, in fact, be. Frankly, I can’t wait to share this with my scientific betters:
Despite allegations that they are tantamount to “flat earthers,” a study published Sunday in the Nature Climate Change journal indicates that climate change skeptics actually tend to have a slightly higher level of general scientific knowledge than those who believe in the theory.
The study drew the conclusion after asking 1,540 representative Americans a total of 22 questions, according to Fox News.
Some of the questions included:
“Electrons are smaller than atoms — true or false?”
“How long does it take the Earth to go around the Sun? One day, one month, or one year?”
“Lasers work by focusing sound waves — true or false?”
“As respondents’ science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased,” the paper, funded by the National Science Foundation, notes.
Dr. Richard Lindzen, an MIT professor of atmospheric sciences who signed the “No Need to Panic About Global Warming” letter in January, said the conclusion that skeptics know as just as much or more about science surprised him “not at all.”
“MIT alumni are among my most receptive audiences,” he added.
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Now, the results were very close. Skeptics scored a 57%, while those concerned about global warming scored a 56%. So this isn’t grounds for me to strut about like a peacock. But it will be quite fun to suggest to my liberal science-obsessed friends that I may, in fact, be about 1% smarter than they are when it comes to science.
And they can’t argue with that conclusion – it’s scientifically proven, after all.