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    grasshopper  almost 2 years ago

    Well at least I dont have to walk with the crowd…ahem…But why the winding road ? Reading while walking would make you dizzy…you would live, but be dizzy…hmmm

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    hawgowar  almost 2 years ago

    Actually, many things in science are quite simple.

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    reatta45  almost 2 years ago

    And the simplest answer is god did it…

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    braindead gc insider almost 2 years ago

    It’s asking too much of a Republican/Fox “news” viewer to handle complexity.

    Just give them a slogan, like ‘jobs, Jobs, JOBS!’ and they’re happy. You don’t have to provide jobs or anything, just give them the slogan and then blame Obama.

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    Pointspread  almost 2 years ago

    So are both roads leading over the edge in this strip?

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    GiantShetlandPony  almost 2 years ago

    Interesting that the left is to the right moving up (higher learning, perhaps?) and the right is heading for a short walk to dive off head first to oblivion. Too bad in real life they will happily take us all with them.

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    Randy B gc insider almost 2 years ago

    I’m perfectly willing to deal with Republicans who understand and appreciate what science is about.There seem to be no Tea Party Republicans who understand science.

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    Varnes  almost 2 years ago

    Randy_B and pointspread, we all have to go over that “edge” sooner or later….It just depends on how soon or how much later…..All we can do is make decisions and hope they’re the right ones….

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    Brass Orchid gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Science indicates the human brain is evolved to accept the simplest answer that proves accurate for immediate consideration, and builds on that in its spare time. This is so you don’t have to perform all the calculations to come to a rational solution, but just act quickly and correctly on the fly.When it fails, it is quite spectacular. You never see a falcon run into obvious obstacles at 40 mph through a woods, but humans often crash into thing negotiating their life options at the speed of temporal flow.

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    elsnerc  almost 2 years ago

    if I may suggest: the science road sign is more like “sometimes complex, sometimes simple, many times right, but often we just don’t know better – follow the road and find out for yourself. And if you find something new, don’t forget to share”. But they didn’t have space for the wording and had to simplify…

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    jreckard  almost 2 years ago

    Matthew 7:13,14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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    tripwire45  almost 2 years ago

    Life is rarely that binary. I can’t count the number of articles I’ve read recently about erroneous and falsified scientific studies. Not everything people call “science” is accurate. To blindly follow someone just because they call themselves a scientist is just as wrong as blindly following anyone else…like politicians.

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    Prestondinjax  almost 2 years ago

    And fear of “climate change” is being used to make us all walk off a cliff

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    Varnes  almost 2 years ago

    My eyes aren’t so good any more, but isn’t that guy near the bookshelf reading some Robert Frost? Looks like Yogi ’s already taken the fork….

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    Eclectic-1 gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Good satire. Shows why ‘Scientific American’ is an oxymoron.

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    habfan40  almost 2 years ago

    looks like both end up over a cliff

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    William Reynolds gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Reminds me of Jesus’ saying “Strait is the gate and narrow the way that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it.”

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    1941gko  almost 2 years ago

    Truth – If an Idea, or a Solution to a problem, Fits on a Bumper Sticker, and sounds good; Odds are it’s Wrong!

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    Jim_in_CT  almost 2 years ago

    I truly hate the ones who talk about “dubious science” and such.- They’re perfectly happy with any science they can have fun with – HD TV, smart phones, mini-drone helicopters, electricity, running water, refrigerators, etc.-But if the result isn’t “happy-happy, make life easy” and means they may have to do something differently, then it’s all a plot by “rich” scientists to line their pockets.Global warming, cigarettes cause cancer, seat belts save lives, etc. – all evil plots.

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    Atma  almost 2 years ago

    Climate scientists just look at what is happening, they get paid whatever they find, there is no profit interest for them in their conclusions—unless they are paid by energy interests. On the other hand, remember the tobacco science revelations? How could “scientists” have gotten it so wrong? So much for tobacco safety. How about Monsanto’s science on glyphosate? Well the W.H.O. concluded glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” based on independent studies, so Monsanto sued them. There is a hilarious interview of a Monsanto spokesman touting the safety of their RoundUp glyphosate herbicide and the French Canal+ interviewer calls his bluff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HzSOrbvNUQ My point is, taking all science at face value can be a BIG mistake, there are motives that drive everything, look for the strings attached to funding. The hidden strings are the worst: corporate funding of academic research that is not revealed in study papers. The ’toon is correct, those who ignore science entirely will go over the edge of their flat earth, but when traveling the winding road of science, keep one eye on the path, and watch for bad directions from promoters who try to trick you into their corral for slaughter. There is a big difference between science for the sake of learning something, and science for the sake of earning something. You need to ask, what the “L” is missing?

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    Dour Scotsman  almost 2 years ago

    I’m always curious as to what exactly the Right mean when they say “make America Great again”……and even more curious as to when exactly it was “great” in the past…….I’ve asked….but NEVER get an answer.

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    lars_doyle  almost 2 years ago

    It’s amazing how many readers do not understand this simple idea.

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    Holden Awn  almost 2 years ago

    And science sez, “It all came from an exploding nothing that was everything. We can’t see most of it, or find it, but the numbers say it’s there, and we have faith in the math”.

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    johndifool  almost 2 years ago

    So much for Occam’s Razor…

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    Beleck3  almost 2 years ago

    lol, the Right will do whatever it takes to believe whatever they want. Let them go. they are complete idiots. what a waste of energy to “try” to reach them. it is too late now, climate wise. to bother. they got what they wanted, and will take the rest of us with them.

    like Forrest Gump,

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    Aubrey Sheldon gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Wiley, you totally nailed it on this one! Needs to go VIRAL!

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    Vonne Anton  almost 2 years ago

    Not gonna read all the comments on this one, too much to do. Just a quick brush over them has people assuming which side is science and which is everything else. How we interpret this merely reveals ourselves.

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    Dan Libby gc insider almost 2 years ago

    I tried to share this strip (Jan 20th) on FB twice and it tried to post the strip from Jan 16th (which is good also) I saved the strip and posted it myself. I think someone with an anti-science bias is messing with FB (!?)

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    Dan Libby gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Notice the ones choosing science are going past a bookshelf, picking up books and reading them. The other fork should have a TV

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    Kerovan  almost 2 years ago

    Science changes it’s mind constantly about what is “right.”

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    johnschutt  almost 2 years ago

    Wow. This strip is so filled with errors and misconceptions that it’s sad. Unfortunately, Wiley is following the worldview of “scientism” without doing any critical thinking. I’m wondering what observation of science lead to his conclusion that science = complex = right and everything else = simple = wrong? Clearly that’s not a conclusion of science. So, Wiley’s a hypocrite whose thinking is not guides by science but then he condems the very thought process that he follows. His views are simplistic, naive, arrogant, and uneducated view. And yea, my Ph.D. is in biology. Et tu Wiley?

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    Oakstone  almost 2 years ago

    Simple but wrong: Man causes global warming.Complex: the climate is an ever changing state with many factors playing into it, starting with the primary source of heat – the sun, ocean currents, concentrations of gases (of which CO2 is a very small contributor – water vapor is a much larger contributor), atmospheric conditions (reflectivity of clouds – water in solid form), reflectivity of surface (Ice, soil and plant life), surface absorption and storage (concrete in cites stores a lot more than natural stone and soil – possibly because of water content). Man definitely affects local micro-climates (cities storing and releasing heat, planting of trees (more trees in US today than when the first permanent European settlers landed), damming/diversion of rivers, etc.) but has minimal effect on global conditions.

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    Linguist  almost 2 years ago

    It’s always easy to be a lemming and take the simple way out.

    The route to rationality is always solitary, long, hard and circuitous but rewarding in the end.

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    fotodik gc insider almost 2 years ago

    I guess he doesn’t believe in Occam’s razor

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    vwdualnomand  almost 2 years ago

    is this why people think that eating carrots will give them night vision? or, how some people think that the flintstones are a documentary?

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    CaptXpendable  almost 2 years ago

    “That is a very graphic analogy which aids understanding wonderfully while being, strictly speaking, wrong in every possible way” – Ponder Stibbons

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    JanCfromLV  almost 2 years ago

    Isn’t it amazing how a simple but accurate strip like this one can polarize the political parties? I don’t see Reps or Dems here, just human nature.

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    JimT8  almost 2 years ago

    Plato/Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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    Brayne Pharte  almost 2 years ago

    Rebuttal of sorts (not by me):

    http://tofspot.blogspot.com/2016/01/scientism.html

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    jahoody  almost 2 years ago

    perhaps it’s a comment on our educational system, eh Wiley?

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    Godfreydaniel  almost 2 years ago

    Jump With Trump!

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    HighPriestMikhal gc insider almost 2 years ago

    I just had to add this to my favorites. It so neatly illustrates my own beliefs—particularly spiritual—that there are no easy answers in life.I tip my hat to you, Mr. Miller.

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    dflak  almost 2 years ago

    First there is Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanation that works is most likely to be correct.

    Then there is Murphy’s Blunt Instrument: the explanation that is the most complex and involves the most conspirators and coincidences is most likely to be believed.

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    danshen  almost 2 years ago

    I wouldn’t exactly say that science is “right”, just progressively less wrong.

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    dk4662LZn  almost 2 years ago

    Very Biblical…Mathew 7:13:“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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    GiantShetlandPony  almost 2 years ago

    Science does not change to be convenient, it changes as hypothesis becomes theory and theory becomes fact. It’s a process of learning, experimenting, and accepting the facts whether it proves your theory or disproves it. As what happens often, a combination of both. Versus belief, where one can conveniently manipulate their beliefs and make up ‘facts’ to keep their heads up their…….. And it seems many people are happy to store their heads there. Whereas, Scientists that try to manipulate to get the facts they want, get caught as for science to be written as fact, it must be able to be replicated by others consistently. It’s not a one shot deal to be considered fact. Anyway. Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best: “The good thing about science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it.”

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    mackenzie0158  almost 2 years ago

    @James: While “erroneous and falsified scientific studies” do exist they are rare. What you may be including in your list are pseudoscience studies, or so-called studies by charlatans masquerading as scientists, but are in reality con artists with hidden agendas. These false studies are common in the business world and often emanate from corporate marketing departments and receive a rubber stamp from corporate “scientists” that develop results desired by upper management.

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    bigoldguy gc insider almost 2 years ago

    The road to the right is switchbacks going up a mountain.

    Oh, I used a microscope to look at the line of people going to the left, and I saw Jimmy Swaggart, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, the Pope, Dr. Ben Carson, Joel Osteen, and all of the people from the Creationist Museum across the river from me.

    Just kidding — maybe.

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    tammyspeakslife gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Can of worms opened and cannot close. I will not bite!

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    Raider Red gc insider almost 2 years ago

    I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a [partisan philosophical wasteland], and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

    (With apologies to Robert Frost . . .)

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    Ginny gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Local news is what drives the broadcasts here in San Diego. You would think the rest of the state is somewhere off in the ether. Being at the end of the state seems to stultify curiousity.

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    Sheila Hardie gc insider almost 2 years ago

    Wait, wait… I have to wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, get all dressed and presentable, make my own breakfast and coffee, go to work, AND you want me to THINK too?? Screw that. Too hard.

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    Emperor SterDog  almost 2 years ago

    Jesus did this same illustration about find the truth that leads to life (everlasting) or the alternative.

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    mso  almost 2 years ago

    part of the problem is that very few have the time and expertise to read through a scientific report. Usually we have to rely on the media to report it and they always boil it down to something simple.

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    Snoots  almost 2 years ago

    Of course, scientists never lie, skew results, cheat, have hidden agendas, or anything like that which may impact their “findings”. Honest. You can trust them, always. Really.

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    grasshopper  almost 2 years ago

    OH…..

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    holeshothunter  almost 2 years ago

    That’s what makes deriding ‘simple but wrong’ so ridiculous: we’ll all go at about the same time. The same clif lurks in the distance, see? The difference? Some know why…some scream and cry…some simply deny; we’ll all just die. Earth Abides

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    TIMH  almost 2 years ago

    That is why Trump leads the Republican pack.

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    Scratchy18  almost 2 years ago

    Guess some people don’t know what entropy means, what it means for science, and why science is no where near as complex as some people think. As I told my students: “If a theory in science isn’t understandable and somewhat elegant, it’s wrong as it stands.”

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    Scratchy18  almost 2 years ago

    Ah, science: Stating that bumblebees can’t fly, curveballs don’t curve, dinosaurs dragged their tails, the world record for the 100 m dash would be held by a woman in 2015, cold fusion, Debendox, nuclear winter theories, the ‘life on Mars proven by rocks from Mars’ fiasco, antibiotic overuse, smoking is good for you, Diederik Stapel, on and on. Be careful, as many scientific facts and discoveries are fraudulent or simply wrong but strongly believed. UNtil someone looks at the facts and points out the scientists’ errors.

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    kaffekup   almost 2 years ago

    A couple of things I haven’t heard mentioned:Science isn’t the destination, it’s the path . If it leads to the wrong destination, someone will come along and correct it. 2015 and December, the warmest year and month since we started keeping records. The Big Bang isn’t predicated just on math. As the math predicts concrete evidence, and our measurements grow more accurate, we find the predictions to be true. And thanks for all the Bible quotes, but they mean nothing.

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    wherehaveallthetalentedartistsgone  almost 2 years ago

    Now we know why the ideologies are called the Left and the Right.

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    Tarredandfeathered  almost 2 years ago

    The cartoon left out the Short Cut to the Cliff for the “Faith Based” people who don’t Need to Wait for the “Answers” because God Whispered it into their ears.

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    ebrooks  almost 2 years ago

    Actually there are very few of us religious folk that are sincere about it. Whatever happened to love your neighbor?

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    K M gc insider almost 2 years ago

    I’ve always been fond of the Readers Digest article that concluded by saying that when the scientists finally ascend to the summit of the mountain of all knowledge, they’ll find that the theologians have been there all the time waiting for them.

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