You may find it hard to believe, but this image is not satire:
Skeptical Science posted it to help support the global warming cause. I think it might be beyond parody. So are some other images they posted. Let’s look at a few.
According to this image, global warming is the only fundamental fact of science which has a political dimension. Everyone knows the evolution debate has had political dimensions for ages. Therefore, Skeptical Science is promoting the idea evolution is not a fundamental fact of science.
It’s not surprising they’d post cartoons denying basic science once you look at another image they posted:
One column is labeled scientific theorists, the other conspiracy theorists. False dichotomy aside, the columns make no sense. The first column lists things like Darwin and Einstein. Those are to be taken as scientific theorists. The second column lists things like “evolution is bunk” and “global warming is a hoax.” Those are to be taken as conspiracy theorists…?
I get these are just silly cartoons, but their purpose is to convey a message. That means they should have some sort of rational interpretation. I’m not sure what this image’s one would be:
This cartoon shows a guy claiming there’s a specific, verifiable problem in a climate model. He apparently does this while drinking a beer with a guy at a pub. You can’t get that level of detail in a discussion of climate science from climate scientists when they’re promoting their work. I guess the point is the conversation topic bores the guy’s companion. In other words, “climate change deniers” are bad people because it’s boring to talk about specific points at dispute…?
I don’t know. I stopped putting much effort into figuring these images out when I came across this one:
I have no idea what this image is supposed to convey. I get it’s supposed to be a reference to ocean acidification and acid trips (hallucinations) but… what’s the connection? What’s the point? Is it saying Mother Nature is toking up in the bathroom? (Judging by how they portray her, maybe that is the point.)
But these images aren’t all silly and incomprehensible. Sometimes they’re just disturbing. For example, I have no idea who thought this was a good idea:
I don’t think it was. I’m pretty sure creating a visual suggestion global warming will cause people’s towns to burn down is wrong. It’s the visual equivalent of saying, “If you don’t do what we say, you’ll die in a fire.”
Or get hit by a tornado(?), as in this next cartoon:
That cartoon shows Skeptical Science’s “opponents” in embarrassing situations caused by their beliefs. In other words, if you don’t agree with Skeptical Science, you’ll suffer and look like a fool.
I concluded with that last one for a reason. It’s not the most interesting, disturbing or powerful image I came across. It’s not even that bad. It’s only distinguishing feature is what was said about it. A user commented on the image, saying:
I mean this in the kindest way. You really have no idea how ridiculous cartoons like this make your website look. Adults don’t communicated like this to other adults, much less adults who profess to be scientifically minded. Posting this stuff honestly detracts from your site.
Which takes the words right out of my mouth. I think Skeptical Science is beyond parody.