Sunday, August 18, 2013

W(h)ither Blossom?

Say it ain't so, Mayim. It seems that this woman who plays an über-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 skepticalraptor.com 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.

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