Bill Nye the Pseudoscience Guy


First of all, everything you thought you knew is probably wrong.

Dogs don’t have great a sense of smell, otherwise why would they put their noses so close to each other’s butts?

Bill Cosby is not “America’s Dad.”rules

And Bill Nye ain’t no science guy.

Ok.  His biography shows he is a science guy:

Bill Nye, born on November 27, 1955, grew up in Washington, D.C., where he received a mediocre education until hard work and a small scholarship got him into a good private school. From there he went on to Cornell University, moved to Seattle to work as a mechanical engineer for the Boeing Company and eventually became a comedy show writer and performer. 

Unfortunately, he’s also convinced that we’re in a period of chaotic weather caused by global warming, and some real meteorologists nailed him on it:

The Daily Caller notes that he’s not even close:

Nye’s extreme weather claims and hype over Tropical Storm Bill come on the heels of news reports that the U.S. has been in the midst of a 10-year “hurricane drought.” For nearly a decade, no Category 3 or higher hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S., and there’s been no upward trend in other natural disasters like tornadoes, droughts or wildfires. 

Real meteorologists let him have it:

Weather is not climate.  Sure, if we were in a period of weird weather over a period of several years, we’d all be worried.  In fact, we’re not.

We are in a period of weird 24-hour cable television news.  A hurricane now gets coverage for days or weeks if it hits land in the eastern U.S.  Guess where the cable TV news networks are located?  The same storm hits Mexico or Central America and it’s a one day story.

Even non-events get full coverage.  How many times have storms blown out to see, while TV news still points the camera at 3 foot waves and fallen lawn chairs why they breathlessly describe storm damage? Storm Chasers & News Reporter vs. Eye of Hurricane Irene's Strong Winds 1

This saturation coverage twists around our perception.  Please, don’t fall for it like the airplane engineer/TV comedian did.

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2 Responses to Bill Nye the Pseudoscience Guy

  1. gmhowell says:

    I am appalled at the quality of American news. Yet the 24 hour BBC news channel on XM Radio is filled with quality long pieces, good interviews, and respectful conversation.

    On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) wrote:

    > Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) posted: “First of all, > everything you thought you knew is probably wrong. Dogs don’t have great a > sense of smell, otherwise why would they put their noses so close to each > other’s butts? Bill Cosby is not “America’s Dad.” And Bill Nye ain’t no > science guy”

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