Midnight In The Desert — scientists

Watch Bill Nye respond to anti-science tweets

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Watch Bill Nye respond to anti-science tweets

Bill Nye has been educating the public about science for over 20 years. In fact, a new documentary about him, Bill Nye: Science Guy, is out now (there's a clip below). Nye stopped by PopSci HQ earlier this week, and responded to anti-science tweets with, well, science. Watch the video above or read on for select responses. I don’t believe in evolution because then I’d have wings. And I don’t. Science sucks. I’m not sure with evolution, if you’d have wings. Your bones are too heavy. You’ve got to have hollow bones, feathers. You have to make some changes. That...

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Banned TED Talk, 10 Scientific Dogmas Holding Back Science

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Banned TED Talk, 10 Scientific Dogmas Holding Back Science

The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles. . . . During the 19th century, these assumptions narrowed, turned into dogmas, and coalesced into an ideological belief system that came to be known as ‘scientific materialism.’ This belief system implies that the mind is nothing but...

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How Do Scientists Search for Extraterrestrial Life?

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How Do Scientists Search for Extraterrestrial Life?

Human civilizations dating back thousands of years left behind structures and records documenting their studies of the stars as they sought to chart the seasons, help travelers find their way and interpret the world around them. Stargazers among the ancient Greeks, Maya, Egyptians, Middle Easterners and Asians likely also pondered if there were other planets like ours among those distant points of light — and if so, what might live there. Over the last century, science-fiction storytellers have used books, movies, comics and television to speculate at great length about contact with creatures from other worlds — to our benefit...

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How Scientists Can Engage the Public without Risking Their Careers

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How Scientists Can Engage the Public without Risking Their Careers

What is an active scientist, interested in popularization, to do? The elite popularizers from our survey offered various pieces of advice, based on their personal experience. “The most important thing is that they read the landscape, that they learn what kinds of colleagues surround them,” says Danielle N. Lee, a visiting assistant professor at Southern Illinois University whose twitter handle is @DNLee. “They should prepare for the fact that not everybody will understand or be supportive. If they feel that their outreach will be unwelcome, or that colleagues will stand in the way, then they should wait, or do their...

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Scientists Who Believe in Bigfoot

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Scientists Who Believe in Bigfoot

Bigfoot research is often the domain of amateur enthusiasts. But some highly educated scientists in relevant fields, such as primatology and anthropology, have expressed beliefs that Bigfoot exists or at least that he may exist and that this possibility should be taken seriously. One such scientist, the late Dr. Grover S. Krantz, has been quoted by Bigfoot bloggers as saying: “Many major scientific breakthroughs are made by amateurs or by those who are only marginally involved in the fields in question.” We will, however, take a brief look at some of the experts who have investigated Bigfoot. This is not...

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