Sunday, August 18, 2013

W(h)ither Blossom?

Say it ain't so, Mayim. It seems that this woman who plays an ├╝ber-geek in one of the few TV shows I watch faithfully anymore, (unlike her fellow actors, it's not really 'acting' for her) is betraying science. This article at makes some fascinating comparisons with her and Jenny McCarthy, who will be able to spread her deadly anti-vaccination quackery to a much wider audience on ABC's 'The View'.

Except in Bialik's case, she does have a PhD. and is a scientist in real life, which gives her some real credibility, but her scientific credibility flies south with her apparent embracing of McCarthy's anti-vaccination stance and homeopathy.

It's hard to say what's worse, someone with no scientific credentials spouting junk science to a wide audience, or an actual scientist who has done great work giving credibility to the same junk science who has a smaller following of intelligent, educated people who ought to know better but a few of whom might fall for this dangerous way of thinking, and spread it to other people as well.

Still on the subject of bad science, here is a listing of the 10 worst anti-science websites from another 'skeptical' website. Some of which you may well be familiar with (the Huffington Post makes no. 10), some you may dismiss at the outset as conspiracy mongering (911truth dot org for one), and others that dismiss science (Answers in Genesis). The list covers left and right on the political spectrum, so no one should feel left out.

Got Oranges?

I just can't imagine life without them. From what I've seen of this years crop, there is something seriously wrong. This may make you want to consider using genetically-modified organisms. Mainstream science does accept them, even if there are no long-term studies because this is relatively new science.

Now before anyone screams 'MONSANTO!!!', let me assure you that I am no fan of theirs either. If there should be any labeling, they should say whether they have been in any way processed by any product made my Monsanto, GMO or not. The hysteria around 'frankenfoods' may well have been overhyped, but we will not know for sure unless we try, or spend the rest of our lives without O.J. with our breakfast.