Really! I've been surprised at how many people just don't get the simplest of scientific ideas: that a wiggly line may wiggle up and down, but wiggle up more than it wiggles down.(A long term trend may be visible in noisy data.)<quoted text>You learned that at Topix?
My goodness, I learned that long before the internet was invented.
I always knew there were people who'd never have a clue about relativity, but the above concept seemed pretty simple.
Of course, I've encountered creationists before (and therefore boneheads) but yes, it was a surprise to find people who couldn't understand such simple science.
There are no facts, only opinions?The things that you explain, "until you're blue in the face," are things that you believe to be factual, without considering that your explanations are only opinions based on opinions of the science you believe.
A good way to rationalise not being able to tell the difference.
Another connection with creationism, you can't parody this anti-science rubbish without it being impossible to tell which is which.
http://greenfyre.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/den...We stand unimpressed by "textbooks", "peer review journals" and so-called "facts". There are no facts, just informed ideas. We are infinitely small compared to nature and can't grasp anything as certain as a fact.
Very egalitarian, but untrue. There's a reason why we have colleges and universities, why the deniers here have no scientific qualifications, why they get the scientific facts wrong (yes, there is such a thing).There are no, "skills to understand" involved, anyone with average intelligence can understand the written word and make sense of evidence presented.
There is always other evidence to consider and in this case, the science isn't settled and the consensus is fiction.
Some people just don't get the science.
At least with deniers, unlike creationists, we won't have to wait until we die to see who was right. The deniers have commited themselves to the "global cooling" meme: we should see a new record warm year by 2012, 2013, which will force even the dimmest denier into the realisation that they were wrong.