Idea

Petition to start a group called “Party Poopers Club” that’s basically people who remind others that Science is a Thing and that you have to actually support your ideas with facts 

Potential Slogans: 
“I ruined so many people’s days” 
“If the truth always ruins your fun, consider that you might just be a really boring person” 
“Accept Reality, it’s hella cool”
“I feel delight by means of the truth” 

Various things that means you are a member of the society: 
- Reminding people that Pluto isn’t a planet 
- Explaining that Human-Caused Climate Change is a thing and it’s bad 
- Yelling that birds are dinosaurs, and dinosaurs have feathers, and Jurassic World is Bad Science 
- Describing in great detail about how GMO’s aren’t actually terrible for your body 
- Screaming about how vaccines do not cause autism 
- Explaining how evolution actually works and yes, we are all evolving 
- Talking about how animals aren’t like people and shouldn’t be anthropomorphized 
- Reminding people that prehistoric animals behaved like animals and were not monsters 
- Explaining how Nanotyrannus, Dracorex, and Stygimoloch aren’t actual things 
- Screaming about how focusing conservation efforts on “cute” organisms completely misses the point 
- Shouting about how gender is a societal construct, not connected to biological sex, which is a scientific model, and that both are not limited to just two options 
- Reminding people that neuroatypical conditions such as OCD and personality disorders are real conditions and that you don’t feel “sooooo schizo” because that’s not how it works 
- Explaining that there is no scientific basis for the idea that any “race” is superior over any other
- Screaming about how accurate representations of prehistoric creatures is really freaking important 
- Shouting that in general it’s better to have data to back up your ideas than just random anecdotes and that pseudoscience is bad

Feel free to add your own causes/facts that mean you are a member of this society. 

Other potential members of the Party Poopers Club include: 

- @palaeofail / @palaeofail-explained
- @why-animals-do-the-thing
- @biologizeable
- @aurusallos
- @bruh-i-nevre-seen-a-cooler-dino
- @fezraptor
- @albertonykus
- @synapsid-taxonomy

Potential Seals/Symbols of this Society: 

Pluto, Smiling like the little shit that it is 
A scientist holding up data/graphs/a paper 
Feathered, accurate Velociraptors 
Earth, on Fire 

Anyways reblog if you’re a proud member of the Party Poopers Club. 

anonymous asked:

Wow do you ever crash all the parties

I am allowed to feel anger. 

I am allowed to be mad when something I care about is being misrepresented, or harmed. 

I am allowed to be furious when my job - the thing I do for a living - is treated as a joke, or a horror story, rather than what it actually is. 

I am allowed to feel my feelings, and to discuss them, when people are being purposefully ignorant. 

Ignorance isn’t a virtue. Believing in creationism, denying climate change, saying vaccines cause autism, all are forms of ignorance that are hurting people. Denying the harmfulness of our racist society, ignoring the pervasiveness of sexism and misogyny, pretending prejudice against LGBTQIAP+ doesn’t exist, downplaying the negativity of prejudice against physically disabled people and neuroatypical people - all are forms of willful ignorance that hurt people. 

It’s the same mentality. 

So yeah, I crash the parties. 

Because it wasn’t a damn party to begin with. 

to the people telling me “boycotting ‘the forest’ won’t do anything”

you’re excused

anonymous asked:

Is it just me, or does people saying 'omg megalodon could still be alive!' seem kind of disrespectful to scientists? I dunno, something rankles me about the assumption that scientists just 'guessed' that it was extinct.

It 100% is disrespectful to scientists. 

Disregarding the majority scientific opinion - aka the thing with the largest amount of data backing it up - is basically saying 

“Hey, we know you worked really hard and gathered up all these facts and stuff, but we don’t really care and we want to believe what we believe in anyway.” 

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My boyfriend signed up for an Economics class last semester that had a professor who was described by other students on Rate My Professors as “a little offensive but still funny” and “you will still learn if you do the work and attend his workshops.” On the first day of class, he pointed to an Asian girl next to him.

“Are you Chinese?” he asked.

She looked bewildered and said, “Yes…?”

“How do you feel about the One Child Policy?”

The entire class went silent.

She glared at him, “I’m American.”

He shrugged it off, “Yeah, but you’re Chinese. So how do you feel about being the only child in your family?”

When I peruse through class lists, one of the very first things I want to know is whether or not I will be in a safe environment with a professor who cares about their students. Rate My Professors is the most commonly used tool for students to decide whether or not a professor is right for their learning style. It’s a tool for students created by students. But when such tools actively work against students who want to give proper warning about professors, what does that tell you? Does RMP care about student safety? Or is it doing everything in its power to protect corrupt educators? Should students compile a list of corrupt professors to combat RMP’s new policy if they don’t reverse this rule?

The Chinese woman and the rest of the students had to endure a semester filled with violent racist, sexist, and classist rhetoric (he later humiliated a student for 15 minutes for having an old Ford—what he described as a “loser car”) with a professor who only taught outside of class hours instead of during class hours. There are many more stories like this one because students pay for a class they weren’t expecting.

Because students can’t say “racist and sexist”, people have opted for “problematic” with examples as well as synonyms. You can contact them here to ask them to change their policy.

wanderingnork  asked:

Can we join the Party Poopers Club even if we aren't science-focused persons? I think I've gone off at people over half that list in just the last week.

You don’t have to be science-focused or even have a science-focused blog to be a part of the club

You just have to agree that Things Backed Up By Fact >>> Things Not Backed Up By Fact

People have given Trevor Noah a hard time ever since he took over The Daily Show, but he totally scored a huge win on last night’s show with Tomi Lahren from The Blaze. While she jabbered on at top speed and bitched about BLM and Colin Kaepernick, Trevor remained calm, collected, poised, and allowed her to hoist herself by her own ignorant petard. As I’ve seen some people point out on Twitter, I don’t think she may fully realize that Trevor is a biracial man from South Africa who had to be zealously protected by his mother because his birth actually violated apartheid laws. He could have easily been killed as a child due to his identity as biracial.

If you haven’t seen the full interview, I urge you to seek it out, it’s remarkable. 

Happy 74th birthday to Stephen Hawking!

Not a year has gone past when Stephen Hawking’s achievements, both in terms of science and popular culture, have not made global headlines.
His work has revolutionized theoretical physicis and cosmology, made him the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and earned the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, all while his body suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). 

Here are some of his great thoughts and moments:

“Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.”

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

“It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”