This blog grows out of my conviction that every aspect of our lives is sacred and is to be nurtured and celebrated as a good gift of God. Most of the posts will be the sorts of things you would expect from a historian and worldview teacher, but some are likely to be a bit surprising. Since God created all things good, including all aspects of human life, everything is interesting and important from the perspective of a biblical worldview. Everything under the Sun and under Heaven is thus fair game here. I hope you find it interesting and enjoyable.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On Settled Science: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Just to clarify a few things:
Catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is not settled science. A significant number of climatologists question the supposed “consensus” on this point. (The 97% number you hear is based on a 2009 survey in which the analysis was based on 77 respondents, 75 of whom agreed with the two rather vague questions asked in the survey.) Yet Democrats in California attempted to criminalize speaking out against the party line on climate change. One wonders what Galileo would have to say about that.
The idea that people are born “gay” is not settled science. In fact, it isn’t science at all. There is precisely zero evidence for it, whether in genetic studies or twin studies. Similarly, the idea that sexual orientation is immutable flies in the face of the many people whose orientation has changed. It is demonstrably false empirically despite the political classes being wedded to the idea.
It is settled science that one cannot transition from male to female or female to male. With the exception of genetic or gestational anomalies, those categories are fixed by biology and cannot be changed.
It is settled science that human life begins at conception. At that point a living, genetically distinct human organism comes into existence. It is a human life at a very early stage of development. Separating the human being from the person has no scientific basis; it is a matter of philosophy, law and convenience. Abraham Lincoln suggested that the Civil War would continue, “… until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be repaid by another drawn with the sword….” What does this mean in light of the 58 million human lives in the US that have been taken since Roe v. Wade in the name of a philosophical idea?

Remind me again, which political party is anti-science?