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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > Jan Feb 2017 > LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Spread the Word

Bill Nye’s “Promote Reason, Prevent Climate Catastrophes: Let’s Get ’Er Done” (Septem ber/ October 2016) was a great article on critical thinking, but it misses the mark on two points.

First, you are, as they say, “preaching to the choir” (sorry about the theistic reference). Send this to The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Fox News. Now you are talking to an audience that matters.

Second, his reference to his parents, World War II, and the Greatest Generation was faulty. They were responding to a catastrophe that had already happened. It affected us all in a direct and personal way. I worked in government and we, too, had a saying: “Nothing happens until you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out.” As a people we don’t respond to a problem until it affects us directly and personally, whether it be a dry faucet or climate change. Sad but true.

Special Anniversary Edition

Your special anniversary edition (September/October 2016) is great reference material touching outstanding issues. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Edzard Ernst nailed the coffin of blind belief and unscientific attitudes.

In India, we experienced a hostile atmosphere and physical attacks when homeopathy was exposed by scientist Dr. Pushpa M. Bhargav and me. Governments are supporting and justifying pseudo-medical practices in the name of religion. It is deplorable that institutions such as the National Institutes of Health support alternative medicines, wasting taxpayers’ money. Children should be taught the scientific method. Educated people have succumbed to beliefs due to lack of systematic exposure of science.

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