I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving. To celebrate, I wanted to share a topic that sparked a Facebook argument involving most of my extended family. This was the spark:

That’s right, claiming that science literacy matters for politicians is a controversial statement. Want to see the effects in action? Try to listen to unscientific arguments against climate change and not cringe:

During the discussion I made the point that “Your poor understanding of climate change is not an argument against it” which was of course a highly offensive personal attack. I don’t understand relativity, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true either. Here’s the thing, once multiple experiments have verified a principle it is no longer a matter of opinion. If you want to refute it, spend the requisite years in academia and research and try to find evidence to back up your opinion. Maybe you will find what you want and overturn the overwhelming scientific consensus, or maybe you’ll realize that you were relying on irrelevant rhetoric. Remember:
Colbert Climate Scientist

↓ Transcript
ROB
These climate deniers even admit they aren't scientists!
MITCH
So what? They have the right to an opinion.

ROB
When you're flying, does the captain ask for opinions about how to land?
MITCH
I don't see what-

ROB
Have you published a peer-reviewed study?
MITCH
No
ROB
THEN YOU DON'T GET TO LAND THE AIRPLANE!

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