Bill Nye excoriated for attending State of the Union address with Trump’s proposed NASA chief

I’ve made no secret about my lack of affection for Bill “The Science Guy” Nye.  Although at one time he may have been a great promoter of science for kids, he seems unable to survive out of the limelight. The result is that he’s engaging in all sorts of activities to keep himself in the public eye: debating Ken Ham about evolution, popping up at events like the Reason Rally (where he refused to sign my book for charity), and starring in his misnamed television show, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” It also rankles me that he pretends to be a scientist but he’s really not: he was an engineer at one time, but he hasn’t even done that for 32 years.  I don’t care if science popularizers have science degrees so long as they can present the material cogently and engagingly, but I do mind when they pretend to be scientists.

The last straw was the incursion of politics into his science show, which proved horribly cringeworthy. Behold “My vagina has its own voice”, followed by “Ice cream sexuality”:

 

I can’t imagine Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Richard Dawkins presenting any of those videos, which aren’t even science but ideology.

There are many other reasons I dislike Nye, but this will suffice. Others, of course, disagree, and love the laterally compressed man with the bow tie. Many of them were turned on to science by Nye when they were kids, and I can’t fault that. All I know is the man I see today, and he makes the soles of my shoes curl up.

This week, however, Nye decided to attend Trump’s State of the Union Address, which was fine, but what rankled people is that he went with Republican congressman Jim Bridenstine. Trump proposed Bridenstine as the new director of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), but the nomination has been held up because Bridensteine is unqualified, not having a science degree (though he’s a pilot and was director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum), and, most important, he won’t say openly that human activity is the major cause of global warming. When examined in a confirmation hearing, Bridenstine admitted that global warming was in part anthropogenic, but wouldn’t say that human activity is the main cause.

To many that is heresy, but I think that a partial admission is a step in the right direction for the man, though of course he may have been lying. I don’t think he should be confirmed, for he’s simply unqualified, but in the end his failure to fully sign on to what is seen as settled science will probably be the main factor blocking his nomination. After all, most of Trump’s nominees are unqualified!

What bothered people a lot was that Nye went to the State of the Union as Bridenstine’s guest, which apparently they saw as Nye’s endorsement not only of Bridenstine’s views and Trump’s policies, but also, by proxy, of xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, ableism, and yes, anti-science. No matter that Nye accepts and speaks about the dangers of anthropogenic global warming, or that he dissociated himself from Bridenstine’s and Trump’s political views. As the New York Post reports:

“I will attend the State of the Union as a guest of Congressman Jim Bridenstine — nominee for NASA Administrator — who extended me an invitation in my role as CEO of The Planetary Society,” the science educator and engineer tweeted Monday night.

“While the Congressman and I disagree on a great many issues — we share a deep respect for NASA and its achievements and a strong interest in the future of space exploration,” he wrote.

“My attendance tomorrow should not be interpreted as an endorsement of this administration, or of Congressman Bridenstine’s nomination, or seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community,” he continued.

I don’t have a beef with Nye going to the speech with Bridenstine; I have a beef with him constantly pushing himself into the limelight, and he’ll do it in any way he can. I object to Nye’s rampant careerism, not to his politics. In this case, though, his self-promotion required him to go with a Republican.

Many others took issue with that, though, and pushback against Nye’s attendance was reported and/or promulgated by many places, including Salon, Geekwire, and CNN. The only temperate voice was reported at Geekwire:

The Planetary Society’s Casey Dreier volleyed back, saying that it’s important to acknowledge Bridenstine’s shift toward the mainstream on climate science.

“If pro-science activists want to see their policies succeed, by definition they will have to gain new supporters, and in so doing they will have to change people’s minds — and embrace it when it happens,” he wrote.

Nye is the CEO of The Planetary Society: one of the reasons he’s associating himself with the NASA mission.

But three other groups spoke out loudly against Nye’s actions.  An online petition by Climate Hawks Vote, which says what’s below, has gathered more than 35,000 signatures:

President Donald Trump is a bigoted climate denier. So is Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Trump’s embattled nominee for NASA Administrator. So why is Bill Nye “very pleased” to be Bridenstine’s guest at Trump’s first State of the Union address?

Bill, please be the Science Guy, not the Bigoted Climate Denial Guy. Cancel your plans to attend Trump’s State of the Union as Rep. Bridenstine’s guest.

You can be “very pleased” to be someone’s guest without endorsing Bridenstine’s policies, and Nye explicitly said he didn’t, and has emphasized human-caused global warming constantly.

More pushback at Climate Truth.org, with an article called “Tell Bill Nye: Don’t provide cover to Trump’s climate denier appointee” (their emphasis):

Bill Nye has been a stalwart voice against the Trump administration’s climate denial in the past year. Meanwhile, Jim Bridenstine is exactly the opposite: a climate denying, fossil fuel-funded politician who has no business running NASA. As a member of Congress from Oklahoma, Bridenstine has already racked up $170,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. Even though he refutes the science of climate change and has no scientific background, he just moved one step closer to becoming the head of NASA.

NASA performs critical climate science research, and if the Senate confirms Bridenstine’s nomination he could work with Trump to end NASA’s earth science missions, and ground essential research satellites. With his controversial nomination heading soon to the Senate floor, Bill Nye’s tacit endorsement could be just what Bridenstine needs to get enough votes to be confirmed. We have to stop this in its tracks.

Tell Bill Nye today: Don’t support the Trump administration’s disastrous climate denial agenda by attending the State of the Union as Jim Bridenstine’s guest.

And the most vociferous pushback came from a group of 500 women scientists on a Scientific American blog, in a piece called “Bill Nye does not speak for us and he does not speak for science”. Two excerpts:

As scientists, we cannot stand by while Nye lends our community’s credibility to a man who would undermine the United States’ most prominent science agency. And we cannot stand by while Nye uses his public persona as a science entertainer to support an administration that is expressly xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, racist, ableist, and anti-science.

Scientists are people, and in today’s society, it is impossible to separate science at major agencies like NASA from other pressing issues like racism, bigotry, and misogyny. Addressing these issues should be a priority, not only to strengthen our own scientific community, but to better serve the public that often funds our work. Rather than wield his public persona to bring attention to the need for science-informed policy, Bill Nye has chosen to excuse Rep. Bridenstine’s anti-science record and his stance on civil rights, and to implicitly support a stance that would diminish the agency’s work studying our own planet and its changing climate. Exploring other worlds and studying other planets, while dismissing the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change and its damage to our own planet isn’t just dangerous, it’s foolish and self-defeating.

Further, from his position of privilege and public popularity, Bill Nye is acting on the scientific community’s behalf, but without our approval.

That seems over the top to me, for Nye surely doesn’t endorse xenophobia, homophobia, and that whole slate of sins; in fact, he’s disavowed much of this (see above). Even though the videos about are cringeworthy, they nevertheless do attack homophobia and misogyny. So Nye’s supposed “implicit” support for these things has been rejected explicitly. I also question whether science at NASA, or anyplace else, cannot be separated from identity politics. There’s no logical connection between the two, except that most scientists are liberals, and most liberals don’t endorse homophobia, xenophibia, et al. Finally, does Nye need anyone’s approval to appear at the State of the Union message? He was not acting on the scientific community’s behalf, but on his own behalf.

There’s this, too:

The true shame is that Bill Nye remains the popular face of science because he keeps himself in the public eye. To be sure, increasing the visibility of scientists in the popular media is important to strengthening public support for science, but Nye’s TV persona has perpetuated the harmful stereotype that scientists are nerdy, combative white men in lab coats—a stereotype that does not comport with our lived experience as women in STEM. And he continues to wield his power recklessly, even after his recent endeavors in debate and politics have backfired spectacularly.

In 2014, he attempted to debate creationist Ken Ham—against the judgment of evolution experts—which only served to allow Ham to raise the funds needed to build an evangelical theme park that spreads misinformation about human evolution. Similarly, Nye repeatedly agreed to televised debates with non-scientist climate deniers, contributing to the false perception that researchers still disagree about basic climate science. And when Bill Nye went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to “debate” climate change in 2017, his appearance was used to spread misinformation to Fox viewers and fundraise for anti-climate initiatives.

There’s a bit of truth here, because Nye does “keep himself in the public eye”. More important, I too won’t debate creationists because it gives them credibility—but that’s not the only reason. Other reasons include creationists’ “Gish galloping” in these debates, and because rhetoric in a live debate is not, I think, the best way to let the public issues. But I don’t mind if some other folks debate creationists, so long as they’re prepared and know what they’re doing. But surely going on television and pushing for recognition of global warming is a good thing: we can’t always avoid our opponents, and sometimes debates, with the proper science advocates, can be useful.

I’ll leave you to judge for yourself whether Nye perpetuates stereotypes of science. If he does, people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is black and doesn’t wear a lab coat, must dispel them.

In the end, the way to make your point in this case is not to demonize Nye, but to defeat Bridenstine’s nomination. (His nomination seems  a lost cause anyway.) Write to your senators and representatives! Write to the White House! This may seem like bawling up a drainpipe, but if that doesn’t do anything, surely calling out Nye will do even less.

I find myself in a strange position defending Bill Nye, as I don’t like him, don’t admire him, and don’t think he’s doing much for science. But I simply can’t get worked up about him going to the State of the Union address with a Republican nominee, especially when Nye has explicitly disavowed Bridenstine’s views on climate change.

h/t: Tom

41 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    “My vagina has its own voice”

    Does make one wonder what Joan Sutherland’s down under sounded like. I’m gonna imagine a gorgeous coloratura soprano.

    • Craw
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      *cough* Elizabeth Schwarzkopf *cough*

    • Merilee
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      +1. I’m sure that Joan woulda had a beautifully melodic chortle in response to your comment😂

  2. glen1davidson
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Nye would have really hated it if he’d just been ignored. Then it wouldn’t have mattered either way, like it should be.

    But then, his detractors weren’t any less interested in being seen, so Nye’s self-importance received another inflation.

    So it seems to be win-win for Nye and his critics.

    Glen Davidson

  3. ploubere
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I agree, Nye maybe deserves some credit for raising science issues, but he does a poor job in explaining them and at times is counter-productive. Debating Hamm was a mistake, and I think he did do it in part to promote himself.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I would think that just being a self-promoter, which Nye is for sure, shows he does have something in common with Trump. But beyond that, he should be staying as far away from this administration as possible and everything it stands for. After all, Nye has sometimes come close to silly and out of touch but past promotion of science things has been his stick. Rubbing up against Trump is just stupid. The turn over in this administration in the past year is beyond anything before and the absolute incompetence in appointees goes on forever. His head of the CDC just quite due to stock purchases in the tobacco industry, and his man at HUD, Ben Carson is in all kinds of trouble as his family profits from his position.

    What could Nye possibly gain by having anything to do with this bunch.

    • BJ
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Maybe he hopes to increase funding for NASA by influencing the person who may very well be in charge of it. Regardless, there are many reasons he might want to “rub up against” a single person who will be heading NASA (not “the Trump administration”), and to say he shouldn’t talk to someone like the possible new head of NASA is a demand for purity on his part, asking him to never associate with certain people because of their politics, regardless of his reasons for doing so.

  5. Craw
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Purity tests.

  6. Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I have to agree with Dr. PCCe about Nye appearing at the SOTU. I give it two “Mehs”. There are bigger things to worry about than a silly entertainer willing to be a politician’s prop.

    IMO Nye has an overall positive influence on science education.

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Cozying up to Bridenstine makes Nye the textbook embodiment of the term “useful idiot” — not a Party member, not a Fellow Traveller who shares the Party’s goals, but a dupe who allows himself to be cynically misused to advance to Trumpist party agenda.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      That’s how I see it too. Imo they’re taking advantage of his wish to constantly be in the public eye. All publicity is good publicity for people like him. I think Jerry’s judgment of Nye is right on target.

      Nye has made his positions clear, but does he really think that’s what got him the invitation? There will be a ohoto op with The Science Guy for a Republican whose scientific credentials are questioned.

      Nye is a prop. His positions don’t matter to the people Bridensteine wants to impress and/or get money from. They certainly won’t make it into the caption of any publicity photos.

      I’m not sure it will be as big a deal as the people protesting Nye’s actions are making it out to be though. Does this really change anything? No one is going to vote for this guy BECAUSE of Nye’s attendance at the SOTU.

      All it really does is expose Nye more than ever for being a publicity hound. I think people are getting their knickers in a knot about nothing.

      • ploubere
        Posted February 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

        sub

    • BJ
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      We don’t know why he accepted the invitation. It’s entirely possible that he really hopes he can convince someone to support NASA, its missions, and its funding.

      I don’t see how he’s being “misused.” He isn’t endorsing anyone, he isn’t endorsing their positions, and to ask that he refuse to associate with anyone in the administration, regardless of his reasons (which you don’t know), is demanding purity by refusal to associate with someone who will hold the purse strings to funding something that we know is very important to him.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

        He’s being “misused” in the sense of being manipulated into giving aid and comfort to the other side (as Heather notes) with no realistic chance of furthering any goals of his own side. That’s a paradigmatic instance of a “useful idiot.” (Despite the negative connotations of the word “idiot,” the term is not pejorative per se — whether it’s a good thing or bad thing depends upon whether or not you support the side doing the using.)

  8. Barry Lyons
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    “Laterally compressed” is funny.

    As for Nye, the man means well, but I’ve always found him annoying. He seems like a guy who’d rather be a comic actor (no shame in that) than a “scientist” (sorry for the scare quotes; well, not really).

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      He started out as a comic actor in a troupe in Seattle called Almost Live along with Nancy Guppy, John Keister (really!) and Pat Cashman. He played a guy called Fast Walking Super Hero. His early science show had a lot of silly humor in it (google the video of him dancing in a wet suit under Snoqualmie Falls while singing about the water cycle – it’s funny).

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        He could be Rick Moranis’s understudy.

        • darrelle
          Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

          Are you the Gatekeeper?

    • Christopher
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      I am old enough to be among the last of the Mr. Wizard generation, while my younger siblings grew up with Nye and Beekman, and let me tell you if you don’t know, Bill Nye the Science Guy is MUCH less annoying than Beekman’s World. Granted, if anyone out there was inspired to become a scientist or engineer because of them, I’m ok with that.

  9. Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Scientists are people, and in today’s society, it is impossible to separate science at major agencies like NASA from other pressing issues like racism, bigotry, and misogyny.

    I’m a huge fan of NASA but if it wasn’t possible to separate the political beliefs of those associated with it from their work Werner Von Braun would have been in jail and you’d still be trying to get to the Moon by magic carpet.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Our Nazis were better than their Nazis:

  10. Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Bill Nye does a great job explaining science. Like when he explained how clownfish changing sex between male and female proves that humans have more than two sexes.

  11. Christopher
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Nye has been very clear and open when questioned about his politics and where he stands on climate science. He is liberal, a democrat, and fully accepts and acknowledges human-driven climate change, and he has fought on the side of female scientists and fought to encourage more girls/women to enter the sciences. In response to some questions on Star Talk, has been very open about not wishing to ever run for president (yes, people actually ask him to run) and about what he would do if asked to join the tRump administration in the role of science adviser. He said that while he does not support tRump or his anti-science, anti-women, anti-immigrant policies, he feels he must do all he can to increase science literacy, even if it meant from within this presidency. I’m not a fan of Nye, find him annoying, but I can respect his stance here. He wants to put science before politics, move beyond the left/right science divide, and you can’t do that by signing silly petitions and shaking your fist in protest to everything. NASA has long enjoyed bipartisan support, Nye very much fears this may be falling away. I won’t berate him for his attempts to subvert this.

  12. Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    100% with you.

  13. Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you. There’s nothing wrong with Bill Nye going to the SOTA. No one should care who sent him the invite and no one should assume anyone that goes supports Trump’s agenda.

    I also partially agree with your larger take on Bill Nye. At best he’s merely science-adjacent. On the other hand, his audience really isn’t scientists but the public at large, especially young people. Like “Big Bang Theory”, he does his bit to keep science in the public eye which is a good thing. While less sciency than Neil deGrasse Tyson, he also gets science in front of a different group of people.

  14. Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Bill Nye is not a scientist; he is an engineer. In much the same way that a speed skater is not necessarily a hockey player.

    Reading Shakespeare or listening is Christopher Hitchens inspires me to do science. Nye generally misses his target and now, I’m compelled to think he’s got some kind of strand of narcissism in him that incongruous with science.

  15. Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    One of Bill Nye’s ways of staying in the limelight was by being a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars”. I was surprised to see him there because I didn’t think any youngsters would know who he was. He danced to the song “Weird Science” and the number was cute, but he got voted off first, if I remember right.

  16. Posted February 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Right on!
    Also I am glad I was not eating or drinking something when I read “the laterally compressed man with the bow tie.”

  17. Merilee
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    The vagina song, and Bill attempting to “rock-out” to it, were both cringe-worthy.

  18. Posted February 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    He’s lost in his own masquerade.
    But, if you don’t watch it your going to make him the bad boy of science, colouring his fraudulent behaviour as a non scientist into a cool persona full of bravado and one digitus medius raised to the establishment.
    A warrior for science was Bill!
    I can see the poster.

    You cannot de Nye!
    I’m here to stay.

  19. Curt Nelson
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I’ve often wondered about engineers… They seem like MDs, who despite doing a job based on the findings of science, somehow aren’t moved to respect it. Some do but it surprises me how common it is to hear of engineers and MDs who have opinions that suggest they haven’t noticed that science works.

  20. Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    What?! Nye refused to sign your book for charity? What an arse!

  21. BJ
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I don’t like Bill Nye, but I’m really surprised by how many people here think he should refuse to associate with someone — and only that someone — from the Trump administration when that person will hold power over NASA’s funding. We know that Nye cares deeply about the space program, we know he wants increased funding, and demanding that he reject the future head of NASA and, therefore, not try use his influence directly by associating with him is an obscene demand for purity. Such demands, especially in a case like this, can only hurt us in the long run.

    • BJ
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Oh, and what a surprise that the letter writers had to get in a jab at Nye for being a nerdy white male. How dare he be himself and a promoter of science at the same time.

  22. Max Blancke
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Why does “human-caused” climate change have to be treated like a religious belief?

    Belief in this or that should not be how scientific inquiry works. And expecting someone to pledge their faith in such things strikes me as unscientific.

    The data either supports a hypothesis, or it does not. If data manipulation is required to achieve the desired results, it is bad science. It also helps if one can use prove their hypothesis by using it to accurately predict future effects. Until that happens, it is at best the most likely hypothesis.

    But what in either of their backgrounds would qualify them to “say openly that human activity is the major cause of global warming” with any sort of authority? and if Bridensteine did make such a declaration, would he be doing it because he has a solid knowledge of the science behind that position, or because he holds it as a matter of faith?

    • Lizard Breath
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      The data either supports a hypothesis, or it does not. If data manipulation is required to achieve the desired results, it is bad science. It also helps if one can use prove their hypothesis by using it to accurately predict future effects. Until that happens, it is at best the most likely hypothesis.

      Check – data from multiple lines of evidence from multiple disciplines overwhelmingly supports the theory of AGW.

      Check – no data manipulation required.

      Check – the science of AGW provides multiple accurate predictions of future effects (e.g., temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification, increased extremes (loopy jet stream), etc.) Predictions have been used for decades by city planners, farmers, ski resorts, etc. AGW is a solid scientific theory – not a simple hypothesis.

  23. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Science Bob aka Bob Pflugfelder

    It took me a while to warm up to him but he’s good, and making a good name for himself (with his minions, I assume)…

    Just throwing his name out there…

  24. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted February 2, 2018 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    More guilt by association bullshit from the ctrl-left. Nye explicitly stated he does not endorse Trump’s or Bridenstine’s views. As CEO of The Planetary Society, he is effectively a lobbyist for Space Programs both in the US and other countries, so if he gains a bit more public exposure by attending the SOTU, more power to him. I’m not a fan of his Netflix show, but it probably will appeal to young children and overall, he is a positive influence on interest in science among people who might otherwise not think about it nor value it..

  25. Posted February 2, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    How *does* one get invited?

  26. Filippo
    Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    “If he [Nye] does [perpetuate stereotypes of science], people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is black and doesn’t wear a lab coat, must dispel them.”

    I’m all for the honorable Dr. Neil de Grasse “Don’t-Get-Me-Started!” Tyson so dispelling. In my view, his success is and will be inversely proportional to his robust tendency to shout and interrupt others. (There’s video from a few years ago of him getting repeatedly “shushed!” by a woman – standing her ground in response to his repeatedly interrupting her – during a panel discussion at Arizona State chaired by Lawrence Krauss who, along with Nye, similarly stood their ground.

  27. Steve Barnes
    Posted February 3, 2018 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Jerry,

    I remember your comments on Bill Nye from a number of months ago – these ones seem almost identical to those, and they seem almost down to taste and not much else (which is perhaps why you find yourself defending him…)?

    Here’s how I reacted internally to those comments back then:

    • Has he ever claimed he was an active scientist since the start of your blog? To my memory, he seems to represent his background candidly: a science *advocate,* and an ex-engineer with a little work at Boeing. He’s never claimed to “pretend” to be an active scientist – this site is the only place I’ve ever heard it phrased that way. When you make claims generally, you back them up with “and the evidence for that is…” slides, which I really appreciate. They’ve persuasive, and many don’t go that far. What would your slide contain on the evidence that “Bill Nye is pretending to be a scientist”?

    • Yes, he debated Ken Ham and has gone on the news against climate change deniers a lot. He doesn’t just flash smiles or brag about himself – he’s equipped with a variety of arguments that truly stifle his onscreen opponents and which I’ve never seen elsewhere, especially not on mainstream news. It’s difficult to see how that isn’t valuable – at least while dominant networks are so dominant.

    • His “Saves the World” show was always explicitly billed with a focus on the intersection of science with social issues, not a show about science exclusively You’ve objected to this twice in a row, months apart, with the same clips, I believe – for doing nothing more or less than what he seemed to say he was doing. Do you think he’s been misleading about this? If so, again – what’s the evidence of that intent to mislead?

    • Amid all this, I don’t remember you ever mentioning his work as the CEO of the Planetary Society for any reason at all.

    • He’s written one book on climate change and one book on evolution. I don’t remember hearing you mention either of these either. Were these just for limelight purposes?

    • Is there something about the limelight that makes something about a situation worse…? Why does that matter?

    While Why Evolution is True has been the only site of its kind in my web favourites and has been for years, this one subject seems incongruous in its nature, but even more in your approach to it. As seems your talent when it comes to most other subjects, I’d certainly read carefully if cared not just to state, but to unpack and further elaborate on your convictions regarding it.


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