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In his Monday, February 27, 2017 broadcast Tucker Carlson had “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on as a guest. Bill once had a “Mr. Wizard” style science show doing all kinds of “chemistry set” demonstration “experiments,” which are not really experiments, but teaching tools. Having taught high school chemistry for eight years I observed that Bill’s knowledge was spotty and his demos sloppy. When I learned that Bill’s degree is in electrical engineering some of the questions I had were answered.

Engineering uses science, but it is not science. The focus is on what works and what does not. Their hard focus tends to be on physical limits so that stuff they design and build works and is safe. Their reference books tell them how much current they can pass down a quarter inch diameter copper wire and not cause a fire, for example. Engineers are often in awe of “pure science” guys and give them great respect.

Bill has recently said climate change skeptics suffer from “cognitive dissonance,” which prevents them from accepting how man-made global warming affects their lives. On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Nye argued many people prefer to bury their heads in the sand instead of accepting evidence that man is causing global warming.” Bill said, “The evidence for climate change is overwhelming, so we’re looking for an explanation for why you guys are having so much trouble with it.”

Tucker asked Bill to what degree man was responsible for current climate change, I suspect, to set him up for a “prove it” challenge. Bill was wary and did verbal pirouettes worthy of a bullfighter. Bill is clever, but he did manage to say human activity is making climate change occur at a “catastrophically fast” rate. “So much of this you don’t know!” Tucker countered. “You pretend that you know, but you don’t know. And you bully people who ask you questions.”

The exchange continued through several iterations much like the first stage of a bullfight with many large “Veronica” cape passes and no real hits on either side, dribbling off to a quiet ending without a kill, but the one real point made by Tucker was that skeptics, not climate change activists, are the ones who are open-minded. This was a hit on Nye who appears to have some appreciation for the situation philosophically so he performed a threatening “quite” exit saying, “Carry on, Mr. Carlson,” Nye ominously said to conclude the interview. “I’m sure we will cross paths again.”

I have sent materials to Bill Nye and his publicity agent, but not received any kind of reply. All were respectful, informative, open-ended, demo-experiments that I thought he should understand, but now wonder since learning his education is not in the basic sciences since high school, if then. he could have gotten through with only Freshman General Science, no Chemistry or Physics, but I write for “civilians” explaining everything and only assuming an understanding of basic math.

Bill Nye is not a stupid man, but he may be ignorant of basic physical science. However, he knows the money side of this issue and he is prototypical. Bill is an example of how fast this issue can flip when the money is on the other side of Tucker vs Nye.

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology. During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean's office. "You don't like the way we do things here?" was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion. After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover's books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962. While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series. For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on http://www.worldcat.org/search and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800. Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson's PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70's. His "Timing Waves to Enter The Sea" article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual. "UFO's, The Eye and the Camera" documents his "Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed." It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically. Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook's secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of "The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method. On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD. When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90's to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work. The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the "II" machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the "star" economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves. Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, "The Stock Surfer" was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at Amazon.com December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: http://CO2Au.blogspot.com and http://fuelfarm.i8.com -30-

 

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