Deniers, Believers, and the Enemies of Science

Monday, April 21, 2014

While excavating fossils in Australia with a celebrity creationist, journalist Will Storr asked himself a simple question: Why don’t facts work? He set off on a search for people who cling to far-fetched stories, in spite of overwhelming evidence against them. In his new book, The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science, Storr talks to creationists, tours Holocaust sites with famed denier David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences “past life regression” hypnosis, and investigates the tragic life and death of a woman who believed her parents were high priests in a baby-eating cult.


Will Storr

Comments [9]


1. The word "Skeptic" has been muddied to include people that are not skeptical at all by popular culture.
2. The guest shouldn't worry about the creation of a uniform population of rational people- no danger of that.
3. Without someone ( Dawkins et al ) pushing back, how exactly would the guest propose to alter the tide of wilful ignorance and anti-intellectual sentiment that is the US today ?

Apr. 22 2014 02:27 AM
tom LI

Jc NY - all historians have an agenda. To tell the truth as their research tells them. Take any historical event, that has been subject to review when new info is uncovered, the new agenda is to topple the old narratives. Which may or may not be accepted by the general population. Americans still believe the popular telling of Custer's last Stand, despite the exhaustive research that has summarily toppled that folklore.

Apr. 21 2014 06:31 PM

Before one shows one's ignorance about Holocaust "Deniers," one should know what Holocaust Revisionists are actually talking about. THEN one can have an informed opinion on the subject.

Apr. 21 2014 01:56 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

And with 9/11 "Troofers", there are so many theories.

No planes, CGI,
Planes with no windows.
Planes with bomb pods under the wings
Remote controlled planes.
Thermite bombs strategically placed on every floor of both WTC buildings.
Still alive hijackers.

Apr. 21 2014 12:52 PM
J C from NYC

I don't think people like David Irving are ignorant, but I do believe they have an Agenda.
Any historian with an Agenda is not neutral and not to be trusted.
There are so few Holocaust denying historians.
It's no different than the 9-11 conspiracy truthers. They know a lot about the events but choose to present them in a very certain light, in light of their agenda.

Apr. 21 2014 12:20 PM

to the enemies of evolution. look at the development of the human fetus. the stages of evolution are viewable as the fetus develops.

Apr. 21 2014 12:14 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

There are people who believe in God and don't believe in the theory of Evolution. So what?

Apr. 21 2014 12:08 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ -- I suggest you look up the definition of a scientific theory. Spoiler Alert: it's not what you think it is.

Have a nice day.

Apr. 21 2014 12:03 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

Did Everyone Flunk Epistemology?

Creationism is not worthy of comment, but if you feel compelled to debate people who have painted themselves into a logical corner with a priori beliefs, try this.

Evolution is just a theory, not a fact. Theories are explanations of facts, and can’t logically become facts, except in a theory about theories. The fossils are the facts. Evolution is the explanation. Ask what facts support the biblical theory of creation. God said it doesn’t count. (It’s a circular argument.)

Irreducible complexity. There’s no way to know if something is irreducibly complex. To assert it assumes the point at issue, that it can’t be explained, and also claims to prove a negative, which you can’t do.

For people of the Flintstones school of paleontology, tell them to hop on their dinosaurs and go back to their caves.

The Bible, like the Constitution, means whatever you want it to.

Copyright © 2014 Joseph Mirsky

Apr. 21 2014 11:01 AM

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