take that creationists

the reason why I was so anti-astrology before was because of my attitude towards misinformation. as a poc from the hood, if you’re aware enough, you realize just how toxic being misinformed is to us and how poisonous it is for communities to embrace the wrong information. I learned the hard way how people use misinformation to trick you and quickly gained a hate for that shit.

it didn’t help at all that I love astronomy and the science of the stars and space because I started realizing both by reading and by socializing with people who don’t have that interest how important it is to learn about the real science of the stars and not the ones humans want to believe. it just feels so wrong to me to teach that to kids, it’s like taking them to a creationist museum. I don’t ever want to lie to a child about something that already has an explanation just to entertain or to give them any answer even if it’s the wrong one, that’s why we have fairy tales and myths for. You aint gotto lie to make real shit interesting.

I don’t wanna be the guy that people get mad at for trying to distinguish the two or inform people about astrology’s reality or lack of, I really don’t. I know how annoying that probably looks to those who believe in it or entertain it. But it’s hard as fuck to get people in the hood to get off that astrology tip and get on the astronomy one especially when they take pride in not knowing things. I just wanna help people better understand how stars and space works to the best of my knowledge and how it’s awesome in its own weird ways than what astrology tells you and I really don’t think you can appreciate or understand just how weird and amazing space really is while believing in that.

Let astronomy into your life, it’s gonna be okay <3

Today, however, it is politically effective, and socially acceptable, to deny scientific fact. Narrowly defined, “creationism” was a minor current in American thinking for much of the 20th century. But in the years since I was a student, a well-funded effort has skillfully rebranded that ideology as “creation science” and pushed it into classrooms across the country. Though transparently unscientific, denying evolution has become a litmus test for some conservative politicians, even at the highest levels.

Meanwhile, climate deniers, taking pages from the creationists’ PR playbook, have manufactured doubt about fundamental issues in climate science that were decided scientifically decades ago. And anti-vaccine campaigners brandish a few long-discredited studies to make unproven claims about links between autism and vaccination.

[…]What do I tell my students? From one end of their educational trajectory to the other, our society told these kids science was important. How confusing is it for them now, when scientists receive death threats for simply doing honest research on our planet’s climate history?