I'm here to argue that debunking science myths is an increasingly important skill for every person to have. We are constantly bombarded by false claims made by the media, corporations, front groups, political action committees, elected officials, and other institutions. This can cause huge public misunderstanding on important issues, not just climate change, but also the teaching of evolution in schools, vaccines, tobacco use, and so forth. I really wish I could spend more time debunking myths on the internet, because there are so many and it's a valuable educational opportunity. So since I can't be on every news article addressing every commenter, I will go ahead and give you some of the tools I use to debunk common myths. But first, I really want to spell out to you what the difference between psuedoscience and science is, and this article does a great job of that: Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience I think this notion at the end is especially important: I think that really says it best. Psuedoscience and science myths, and generally ignorance can cause real death. How many people have died because of mistrust from vaccines? How many people have died because they thought HIV wasn't dangerous? How many children will needlessly suffer because the Taliban sees anti-polio campaigns as a Western conspiracy? (Yes, polio is still around in some countries). Martin Rees - Science is Key to Earth's Future Science Is Key to Earth's Future, Says Astrophysicist Martin Rees | LiveScience Scientific American - Anti-science beliefs jeopardize U.S. Democracy Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy: Scientific American Of course, there is the biggest one of them all, climate change. However I think the climate change thread has plenty of good content, and I want this to be more of a general science discussion. I want to start off by saying, that if you are even remotely interested in science, then your first stop would be watching Cosmos. It's an amazing series, available on Netflix. I think watching it changed my life. I know what you're thinking: It's from 1980 and the science has certainly been updated since then. It has, but it's a brilliant narrative. Carl Sagan really makes the universe come home for all of us. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Now, I want to go ahead and give you some material that addresses any "young earth/young universe" myths. We definitely know that the Earth is billions of years old, and that the Universe is billions of years older than that. We know that evolution is true, Here is the "Our Origins Made Easy" from Peter Hadfield: History of the Universe Made Easy 1 -- History of the Universe Made Easy (Part 1) - YouTube 2 -- History of the Universe Made Easy (Part 2) - YouTube Origin of Life Made Easy 3 - The Origin of Life Made Easy - YouTube The Story of Earth Made Easy 4 -- The Story of the Earth Made Easy - YouTube Age of Our World Made Easy 5 -- The Age of Our World Made Easy - YouTube Natural Selection Made Easy 6 -- Natural Selection Made Easy - YouTube Theory of Evolution Made Easy 7 -- The Theory of Evolution Made Easy - YouTube Human Evolution Made Easy 8 -- Human Evolution Made Easy - YouTube Human Ancestry Made Easy 9 - Human Ancestry Made Easy - YouTube Scientific Method Made Easy 10 - The Scientific Method Made Easy - YouTube Creation "Science" Made Easy 11 -- Creation Made Easy - YouTube Here is a great video by Jerry Coyne that describes evolution in more detail: Why Evolution is True - Jerry Coyne Jerry Coyne, Richard Dawkins, AAI 2009 - YouTube Here is a video that is more fun/entertaining, it's a 30+ video series and I won't link to them all. But the series is excellent at smashing common Creationist myths: Why do people laugh at creationists? (part 1) - YouTube Here is a link to RationalWiki. An invaluable resource for myth debunking: RationalWiki Rational Wiki's Comparative Guide to Science Denial A comparative guide to science denial - RationalWiki HIV denial HIV denial - RationalWiki Holocaust denial Holocaust denial - RationalWiki Germ Theory denial Germ theory denialism - RationalWiki The dangers of science denial Michael Specter: The danger of science denial | Video on TED.com The science of why we don't believe in science The Science of Why We Dont Believe Science | Mother Jones 50 science myths debunked in 8 mins 50 Science Misconceptions - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.18) - YouTube Common Conspiracy Theories debunked Conspiracy theories conspiracy - YouTube Conservation 3.0 Beyond Parks, Conservation Must Blend With Daily Life | Nature Preservation | LiveScience I'll probably make some edits and changes later on. However I do want to get a conversation started and get people thinking. Science has probably never been more important than today, in an age when technology can literally change the climate of the planet. We're sharing a world with 7 billion others (a population that continues to accelerate), and I'm afraid it could be a dangerous one if we don't solve some big problems soon. We live in an age where we have people actively trying to make the problems worse, denying the existence of the problems, and are backed by powerful companies/institutions/media outlets. So I think it is time to reverse the momentum of the science denial phenomenon. I know for a fact that I have good material somewhere that I'm forgetting, so I will probably come back and add more. For now, feel free to post anything that you think help debunks science myths.