About This Page
This page is science, sensational science and claims that just donâ€™t have any evidence backing them up. This page focuses on â€œscary scienceâ€� claims, which get peopleâ€™s attention by claiming that everything from fluoride in the water supply to wireless networks are going to give them cancer or make their heads explode.
Unfortunately, with the openness of the internet and competition among media outlets, itâ€™s become easy for inaccurate information and fraudulent claims to be perpetuated. In many cases, popular media misinterprets scientific data and puts too much credibility on inconclusive information or dubious data.
Is not hard to see how the public could become confused by all the conflicting information available, especially those who might not be very familiar with the background of many claims. However, inaccurate information can be very harmful to individuals and society as a whole when it is used to make public policy decisions or effects the availability of products or services.
Purposes of and goals of this website:
1. Do point out, oppose, destroy and defeat inaccurate scientific claims, sensationalized claims based on flimsy or non existence, inconsistent and ridiculous claims, stupidity, quackery and conclusions based on extremely inconclusive and flawed data.
2. To spread the message that bad science does hurt both individuals and society in general, by causing misinformed personal decisions and public policy and, if nothing else, by causing confusion and obscuring the true elegance and logic of technology and nature and the beauty of understand things for what they are.
3. To advance the notion that the average person is more than capable of detecting bad science and flawed logic, even if they are not a scientist by profession. Only a basic understanding of scientific principals and the fundamentals of scientific logic is required to distinguish the majority of such claims. To put it bluntly: It doesnâ€™t take a genius to know when something is just plain ridiculous. Never accept claims that sound just plain absurd unless they have some very good evidence and logic behind them.
4. To spread the message that the public is very well served by a basic understanding of science, reason and logic. That people from all walks of life should be encouraged to pick up a book or ask some questions. The basic understanding of scientific principals is empowering when assessing everything from medical treatments to what fertilizer to use on your lawn. A great deal of scientific knowledge is fundamentally more understandable and available than many think.
5. To encourage everyone to participate in the fun and wonder of science and discovery. Anyone with an interest in a subject should be encouraged to pick up a book, ask questions, purchase an astronomical telescope and tinker with things in their garage. Science is fun! Itâ€™s exciting! Even if you do not manage to change the world through a major discovery, it is a rewarding pursuit. Valid experiments do not always require complex equipment or procedures. Even if the documentation and controls are not sufficient to make it into a scientific journal, they still could end up inspiring someone to take things to the next level and become a professional researcher.
6. To work toward a more skeptical mindset in the world, which questions fantastic claims and rejects unproven concepts that simply do not jive with established theory. The progress of man toward a more enlightened society in which the true nature of reality is better understood and where common logic is actually common, is impaired by persistent clinging to beliefs and concepts that are just not grounded in fact. While humans admittedly may not always be perfect in seeing things for what they are, this does not mean that one should not attempt to do so.
People have emotions, they have passions and desires. Let us not reject these feelings or try to suppress them, but rather channel and harness this drive into a passion for discovery, a love for knowledge and a desire to learn more and understand more. We are not the Vulcans from Gene Rodenberryâ€™s Star Trek, but that may be a good thing.
Even after being burried and forgotten for years, stupidity can sometimes return to pollute the minds of the population. Always remain vigilant.