Skeptical Science Website and Apple App

Skeptical Science Website and Apple App

Skeptical Science www.skepticalscience.com is a fantastic blog run by Australian Solar Physicist, John Cook. John addresses common “skeptic” complaints, myths, and attacks on climate science by examining what the science actually says. He tracks down relevant studies and presents the main points in a way that is  easy for the general public to understand without sacrificing the scientific detail. The posts are also available in multiple languages which is appropriate given the global nature of climate science.

 

Skeptical Science is now available as a free app for iPhone or iPod. The app lets you browse arguments via the Top 10 Most Used Arguments or three main categories It's not happening; It's not us; and It's not bad.

When you select one of the three main categories, a list of sub-categories pop up. You can then select any category to see the skeptic argument, a summary of what the science says and the full answer, including graphs, plus links to papers or other sources. There are many graphs and figures displayed throughout the app.  If you press any graph, it opens in an Image Viewer that allows you to rotate and expand the image to get a closer look.

This app is a great tool to teaching students how to evaluate scientific arguments and reference research when putting forward a scientific hypothesis, or it can help you when you are debating the implications of climate change with your friends and family.