Archive | January 2015

TV spot

Tom Provencher
1/28/15

The following script is for a TV ad. The target audience is young people 13-30 male and female from all walks of life. Television is an excellent way to snag a new audience. I will be redirecting them to my blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

A map of the US appears. A mournful version of America the Beautiful plays in the background.
Narrator 1: In Tennessee a biology book was teaching children that the Loch Ness monster was a living plesiosaur.
Images of the Loch Ness monster appear.
Narrator 2: In Kentucky a group is raising money to build a “historically accurate”  Noah’s Ark.
Images of Noah’s Ark appear.
Narrator 3: In 2013, nine anti-science bills were introduced in seven states.
Those states are high lighted.
Narrator 4: Congress has failed to address climate change again and again.
We start seeing the somber faces of the impassioned narrators.
Narrator 1: This has got to stop!
Narrator 2: The United States is ranked 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education.
Narrator 3:  Survival of the Wisest is a campaign to raise money and awareness for science education.
Narrator 4: Together…  Narrator 1: Together…, Narrator 2: Together… Narrator 3: We can…
Narrator 1: Together we can find a cure for stupid!

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Global Warming and the Snowpocalypse

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Every snowstorm, ice storm, blizzard, squall- brings out Facebook posts, Tweets, exposing the grand conspiracy of “Global Warming.” I’ve had friends and family post this tripe. Sometimes I engage them. Sometimes I ignore them ( this may be part of the problem). The argument boils down to this; its cold therefore everything is fine. Today schools across the state of New England and even New York are closed to prepare for the “Snowpocalypse.” The news is touting this as the biggest storm in years. Doesn’t a lot of snow mean that “Global warming”is lie? Well, no.

Part of the problem is the term itself. According to NASA “Global warming” “refers to the long-term warming of the planet. ” Modern science has tried to re-brand this issue as “Climate change.” The world is still getting warmer. In fact “Global temperature shows a well-documented rise since the early 20th century and most notably since the late 1970s.” The problem is essentially the same, but “Climate change” implies that we have more than just heat to deal with. According to the National Wildlife Federation “(it’s) making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe.” Their website also goes on to say,Many areas are seeing bigger and more intense snowstorms, especially in the upper Midwest and Northeast.” Translation: lots and lots of crappy weather.

Today’s big storm is brought to you by self delusion. Plain and simple.

Creation “Science”

http://www.lsu.edu/highlights/2009/04/louisiana_public_policy_lab_gallery/pages/2.shtml

2009 Louisiana Survey

Theory or fact? Science or pseudoscience? Fantasy or reality?  How do we know what is true? For that matter how do we know what to teach the youngest and most impressionable?

Today news broke of a 17 year-old posing as a doctor. He had the lab coat, a stethoscope and was able to frequent a hospital in Florida for an entire month. According to his mother he was mentally ill, but this situation underscores the problem. Looking like a doctor does not make you a doctor, in the same way that looking like a scientist does not make you a scientist.

Real science takes a great deal of work- any and all ideas can be presented in science, but only the absolute minority can make it through the process. Science begins with evidence and searches for conclusions. Creationism or intelligent design, begins with a conclusion, and spends its effort trying to find evidence. That being said anyone can call anything a evidence, but the scientific community will not accept just anything without rigorous evaluation.

National GeographicAccording to National Geographic, evolution is less accepted in the United States then in many other western countries. The shows just how much progress creation groups have made in this country. Creation “scientists” present no credible evidence, no peer evaluated papers and deserve none of the respect that should be given to real scientific community.

http://www.lsu.edu/highlights/2009/04/louisiana_public_policy_lab_gallery/pages/2.shtml

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/bigphotos/21329204.html

http://www.gallup.com/poll/170822/believe-creationist-view-human-origins.aspx

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/

Raising hope

According to the Guardian.com “Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change.” Answers in Genesis is an organization that essentially tries to replace Darwinian Evolution with Intelligent Design. This organization is currently raising $29.5 Million to build Noah’s Ark to further mislead the young and the naive.

Here we can take a stand. We may not be able to match them dollar for dollar, but we can support an organization that answers this foolishness. The National Center for Science Education is at the forefront of the fight back against ignorance, pseudo science, & deception.

We have 6 weeks to meet our modest goal of $500.

Please Donate to The Survival of the Wisest campaign.

The world will not wait

Global warming is a hoax, evolution is just a theory, the young earth was created less than 6 thousand years ago. These are beliefs held by many adults in the United States despite tremendous amounts of evidence and massive scientific consensus. It’s not surprising that “(t)he World Economic Forum ranks the United States 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education, and 5th (and declining) in overall global competitiveness,” (http://www.lpfi.org). The world will not wait for us to catch up. We must raise our standards, and focus our efforts. We are at a tipping point.

We must fight for the survival of science, because failure to learn the truth about our world does not only mean that we will fall farther behind other countries in many respects, it also means that we will continually vote against our own best interests.

The NCSE: National Center for Science Education understands this fundamental concept. If you wish to help combat the anti science groups and political forces then please  donate here. Each and every cent will go directly to the NCSE. Thank you.