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American denialism threatens many areas of scientific progress, including the widespread fear of vaccines and the useless trust placed in the vast majority of dietary supplements quickly come to mind.
If every American swallowed two aspirin right now, hundreds of us would die today. Does that mean we ought to ban aspirin? Of course not. It simply means that there are risks and benefits associated with everything we do and with every decision we make.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by djmolecular
I agree 7 Million percent. People are clinging to old irrelevant religions and beliefs that can only hinder our progress. Its one thing to believe in a higher power, a higher purpose, or a God, but clinging to bronze age belief systems and tout them as absolute truth while ignoring simple obvious scientific fact sets us back. Remember that Darwin movie they wouldn't even release in the USA because of how backwards we are as a nation?
The thing is that many in the anti-science crowd thinks science leads to a cold lifeless existence and some have gone so far as to say Science and Evolution lead to genocide and killing people
Opinions like that frighten me. We need science to learn all we can about life the universe and everything, and maybe figure out what Deep Thought meant by 42
In mid April of 1943 while resynthesizing '___', he accidentally ingested a small amount and was made aware of its effects. On April the 19th, he deliberately consumed 250 micrograms and set off on his bicycle to return home...
Reichelt secured permission to jump from the Eiffel Tower by telling authorities he would first test the suit with a dummy. With more confidence in his suit than it warranted, Reichelt skipped the test run and went all out. You may have inferred by now how this ends. After free-falling for almost 5 seconds from a height of 60 meters Reichelt hit the lawn like a sack of potatoes.
Slowly as those mysteries become solved, religion slowly evaporates.
Science covers religion, but religion does not cover science.
chuckle about modern science and it's real and present ability to kill people en mass, a reality which happens every day.
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily reflection is occupied with them: the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.
Denialists replace the open-minded skepticism of science with the inflexible certainty of ideological commitment. It isn't hard to find evidence: the ruinous attempts to wish away the human impact on climate change, for example.
I'm sorry how is science killing people en mass every day?
Most of the people who die everyday are in third world countries many living under religious regimes where science is replaced by superstition and traditional magic.
Even here in the States there have been cases of people turning away science in favor or prayer or ritual and then dying (of course).
The only people science has killed were test subjects in the early days when ethics were not set up but the instances of scientific experimentation leading to horrific side effects PALE in comparison to the torture, genocide, and tyranny that religion has been associated with.
Everyone who objects to science IS anti-science, how else could you possibly describe them? There's a whole group of religious zealots who reject the scientific method and yet still greedily reap the benefits of our scientific civilization (good medicine, better nutrition, longer life, technology, etc). There is also a group who claims that everything in science is some cover-up of lies despite the fact that there is a grueling scientific peer review which means that no theory is put forth as absolute and that things are only accepted by the community when proven by actual evidence. I fail to see how demanding actual evidence is a bad thing.
I'm aware there are elements both inside and outside of religion who are trying to change behavior, gain power or wealth or control. Social engineering isn't exactly a new idea. I have no issue with the average person of any faith, only the zealots who reject science and tout their beliefs as absolute truth. Science does not deal in absolutes, it forms a theory based on evidence but if enough evidence is found to overturn an idea it is overturned.
It doesn't take a genius to see that religion doesn't have the answers.
Sure there are a lot of great philosophical ideas in religion but not much about religion has helped us further our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by Northwarden
Ever see the movie The Mist? It has a good lesson in what happens when superstition takes over our minds and how easily swayed we are by it. Superstition and blind zealotry are bad and scientific progress is responsible for our longer lives and better quality of life ...