If you’ve ever found yourself in a conversation with a climate change skeptic, you’ve most likely experienced the intense frustration of being unable to disprove their illogical reasoning. Often, the perfect answer will come to you much later. Ever wish you had all the top climate information at your fingertips?
Well, if you’re the owner of a smart phone, you do. The “Skeptical Science” app, developed by physicist John Cook of SkepticalScience.com, is now available (for free!) for iphones, Android phones, and Nokia phones.
The app lets you browse arguments by Top 10 most used or 3 main categories — “It’s not happening,” “It’s not us,” and “It’s not that bad.”
Says Cook, “The app looks at many arguments from climate skeptics and identifies a common pattern – that skeptics focus on small pieces of the puzzle while neglecting the full body of evidence…[it] aims to give you the full picture, with all the evidence, scientific context and links to peer-reviewed research. It has another useful function – users can send me reports on which skeptical arguments they encounter.”
Thanks to Cook, and the app developers, smart phone users now have a terrific resource “that puts the science at your fingertips, along with the most commonly used arguments by the disinformers and doubters and how to answer them.” Shine Technologies developed both the iphone and Android apps; and Jean-François Barsoum created the Nokia app using the Ovi App Wizard.