Why I Fight Against the Anti-Science Movement
I awoke this morning to the sound of my smart phone alarm. I no longer have to reach for my glasses on the nightstand because I received laser eye surgery a few years back and now have 20/20 vision. I got out of bed and sat down at a device that does my taxes, shows me films, and connects me to people that are thousands of miles away. This scene is brought to you by science. Science works.
Soon after sitting down to the technological wonder I see, in extreme irony, a deluge of anti-science nonsense. There are people sitting elsewhere desperately trying to convince people not to vaccinate their children, selling yet another miracle cure for cancer, or panicking because airplane cabins are not being filled with pure oxygen. (“The air that is pumped in isn’t pure oxygen either, it’s mixed with nitrogen, sometimes almost at 50%.”- Vani Hari a.k.a. The Food Babe)
What are sensible people to do? Should we stand by and do nothing as scientific illiteracy is perpetuated to the next generation? Should we remove warning labels on the “Do Not Eat” packets that come with furniture and let the problem sort itself out? I am of the opinion that we should promote science by effectively communicating with the public and assertively fighting against the proponents of the anti-science movement.
Here are the two main reasons I fight against the anti-science movement.
*Notice how being a paid shill for the Illuminati/Monsanto/BIG PHARMA is not one of the reasons. (or is it…)
The Truth Matters
“That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.” ― P.C. Hodgell, Seeker's Mask
I despise a lie not just for its effects but because it is a lie. Often times I hear the excuse, “Well if you feel like alternative medicine helps you, I guess there is no harm in it.” I strongly disagree with this outlook. It is a terrible thing to lie to another person but it is even more awful to lie to one’s self. As a scientist and as an honest man I want to explore this world. I want to understand things as they really are. When we satisfy our desire for knowledge with pseudoscience we stop seeking because we feel like we have already found the answers we are looking for.
The attitude of accepting things that are not scientifically supported or are outright contradicted by evidence is one of the defining characteristics of the anti-science movement.
To protect others from charlatans
There are a lot of people that are sick and scared that are willing to pay for relief. Throughout history we have seen a steady stream of snake oil salesmen arise to extract money from the vulnerable. Today snake oil salesmen don’t need to roll into town with a wagon full of elixirs to get rich. They use the internet. Sites like naturalnews.com and greenmedinfo.com spew a steady stream of paranoid nonsense and end every rant with a link to an online store.
“The government is poisoning you with such’n’such!!!!! Luckily I sell the all natural cure for such’n’such! (Click the link to visit our online store at naturecurevibrationindigoawake.com)”
The anti-science movement is big business that takes advantage of whoever will listen. When the supporters of the anti-science movement are called out on unethical behavior they claim that they are being bullied by some vast government conspiracy. They are predators and those of us that have the knowledge and power to do something also have the responsibility to do something.