Book review: ‘How to Talk to a Science Denier’ by Lee McIntyre

Respect and patience will lead to more constructive conversations with sceptics than just shouting.

Last month, American rock star Gene Simmons, frontman of Kiss, warned his cohort of devoted fans that they would not be welcome at his band’s ‘End of the Road Tour’ gigs unless they were vaccinated against Covid-19. Suspecting that there were ‘science deniers’ among his hardcore fanbase, to emphasise his point, Simmons added: “I don’t care if you think the Earth is flat.”

While it’s easy to empathise with the singer’s position, pronouncements like this raise the question of how best to communicate with people whose minds are closed to irrefutable, undisputable, incontrovertible scientific fact. While the ever-popular Simmons will no doubt have got his point across, what can those of us who are not metal gods do?

Help is at hand in the form of Lee McIntyre’s superb ‘How to Talk to a Science Denier:

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‘Strong, smart and bold’: Madison afterschool program seeks to empower girls | Local Education







Girls Inc.

From left, second-grader Leilani Buchanan, fifth-grader Skylah Buchanan and 2-year-old Kendall Roberts play with stacking cups at a Girls Inc. and Madison School and Community Recreation pop-up event at Schenk Elementary School. The events are meant to expose children to Girls Inc. and get them excited about the upcoming school year.




With schools closed last year, Leslie Smith turned to a virtual format for the afterschool program she runs, a local chapter of Girls Inc., a national organization aimed at inspiring girls to be “strong, smart and bold.”

The Zoom meetings were an adjustment for everyone. But the online programs, at least, kept the program visible. Recently, Smith said, she ran into a girl who recognized her from the online presentations and asked if she was the “Girls Inc. lady.”

Now, the program is back, with in-person sessions

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Big NC lottery sales in pandemic mean record education money

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Massive ticket sales for the North Carolina Education Lottery during the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in a best-ever $936 million in annual game profits for education, the lottery announced on Monday.

Earnings going to education in the past fiscal year that ended June 30 grew by 28{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} compared to the year before — helped by a 26{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} increase in ticket sales to $3.8 billion, according to a lottery news release.

Consumers played lottery games more because they had few other options for entertainment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lottery executive director Mark Michalko said. The popularity of multistate lotteries, scratch-off tickets and a new game called Fast Play also helped, he said.

Lottery sales have grown each and every year since the first tickets were sold in March 2006, while earnings for education have been higher every year compared to the previous year except in 2017.

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Education Management Software Market 2021 scope and Research methodology | Oracle, Foradian Technologies, Unit4, Ellucian


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