Famous scientist Bill Nye is done with science deniers, and he’s not taking it anymore.
Nye has formed the National Junta for Scientific Reconstruction (NJSR), a diverse organization of socialist, Communist, Democratic, and moderate scientists who envisage a worldwide regime based on pure universal scientific truth.
“We can’t have science deniers walking around telling lies like you can have as many kids as you want, or that chromosomes control whether humans become boys or girls,” he said. “We’re taking science back by any means necessary.”
The ultimate goal of NJSR, says Nye, is to rebuild the scientific community on its original foundation of free inquiry based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.
But Nye and other members of the Junta say real science faces an existential threat caused by deniers, and science must remain under the firm control of the Junta until free inquiry can be reestablished.
“Think of the Junta as a ‘chilling effect’ on scientists who are in extreme doubt about climate change,” Nye said. “I think that is good.”
The NJSR isn’t satisfied with recruiting scientists, though. The organization will use Nye’s status as “The Science Guy” to build local cadres of middle school students called Science Defense Committees.
Michael E. Mann, a member of the Junta and most famous for the “hockey stick graph” that reconstructed earth’s temperature record back to the year 1000 AD, said that students could act like shock troops for the movement.
“We’re not sure yet if the students will be armed, but if they are then they could do a lot of good with a hockey stick,” said Mann. “Scientific consensus would benefit from a little more violence and intimidation. And no one is going to hit a middle school student, so they’re perfect for the job.”
If the student committees don’t get the job done, said Nye, the Junta may declare a “State of Siege on Science.”
“Declaring a siege will allow us to close independent labs, suspend the right to association of associated science-denying scientists, and otherwise limit the freedom of individual deniers whether they’re scientists or not.”
The NJSR has published its core beliefs and is encouraging schools across the country to continue the hard work of educating students about these scientific principles:
- Second order belief – allegiance to consensus. Individual has not done primary research on the relevant topic or has not conducted an independent assessment of the evidence and research.
- Shutting down scientific debate; science as dogma
- Alarmism as a tactic to influence the public debate
- Political activism and advocacy for particular policy solutions
- Scientism: a demand that science dictate public policy
- Advocacy research
Nye also published what he humbly called “Nye’s Quadrant” in an effort to get more children to follow him on Twitter.