Category: Controversies

When Scientists (Dis)Agree

As a follow-up to the last post, sometimes people who ask me about global warming say, “there was a some document issued by National Academy of Sciences (or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, etc.) that global warming is real, so it must be real, right?”

Well, actually, if anything, the fact that there is a consensus statement or a policy document from a scientific body on global warming is a pretty good indicator that the issue is NOT settled. Continue reading “When Scientists (Dis)Agree”

Evolution and Other Controversies

Once in a while, someone asks me if I think global warming is real. I usually respond that I believe it is, but that I don’t have a good enough understanding of it to really give an opinion.

What I usually don’t go into is that while I have a reasonable amount of information FOR global warming, I have very little information AGAINST global warming. The reason I feel unqualified Continue reading “Evolution and Other Controversies”

What’s in a Name?

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

When I tell people that it’s becoming more and more clear, based on recent research, that fructose is bad for health, they almost always have one of two reactions. Some people, who have heard of the recent data, just nod. Others pause, raise their eyebrows and say, “wait, does that mean fruit is bad for you?” (The answer is Continue reading “What’s in a Name?”