AND CALLS REAL SCIENTISTS PSEUDO SCIENTISTS AT THE SAME TIME
By AL Whitney © copyround 2017
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To be a successful propagandist you have to combine enough truth to make people believe your lies. Dr. Atul Gawande did exactly that in 2016 in his commencement address to the graduating class at CALTECH. His propaganda piece also appeared in the June 2016 issue of the New Yorker titled The Mistrust of Science. While his credentials impressed the folks at CALTECH enough to get him an invitation to speak, they pale when you compare them to the credentials of Dr. John Ioannidis who thoroughly researched and proved that our collective mistrust in what is called ‘science’ today needs to increase, not decrease.
Here are a few quotes from Dr. Gawande’s propaganda piece:
But you also hope to accept that nothing is ever completely settled, that all knowledge is just probable knowledge. A contradictory piece of evidence can always emerge.
Many people continue to believe, for instance, despite massive evidence to the contrary, that childhood vaccines cause autism (they do not); that people are safer owning a gun (they are not); that genetically modified crops are harmful (on balance, they have been beneficial); that climate change is not happening (it is).
The sociologist Gordon Gauchat studied U.S. survey data from 1974 to 2010 and found some deeply alarming trends. Despite increasing education levels, the public’s trust in the scientific community has been decreasing. Continue reading