Friday, October 25, 2013

Junk Science Attacks On Important Products And Technologies Diminish Us All

Henry I. Miller, 10/23/2013

As far back as 1995, renowned American astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan expressed concern about the trend in this country toward a society in which, “clutching our crystals and religiously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in steep decline…we slide, almost without noticing, into superstition and darkness.” Almost two decades later, thanks in large part to the actions of vocal, well-funded, fear-mongering activists, Sagan’s concerns are even more in evidence.

Today we see numerous examples of radical activists exploiting widespread ignorance of science, pushing a kind of New Age, anti-technology, anti-business, “return-to-unspoiled-nature” ideology. Superstition and darkness now spur spurious concerns about many products and technologies, including vaccines, nuclear power, pesticides, genetically engineered foods, and chemicals found in an array of consumer products....ToRead More....

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