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Article on “Science Doubters” in National Geographic

by Gavin P. Smith

This is an interesting article and food for thought.  What are your thoughts? Share them with us in the comments section below or on social media!

Civilian Exposure - Science Doubters ArticleLink to Article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/science-doubters/achenbach-text

I find the last paragraph interesting as it asks us to “trust people that use science.”

Parse that, and the real problem is clear.  The main problem is trusting people.  That’s right – people.  Imperfect, flawed, agenda or ego-driven, corruptible, malleable people. As long as humans remain imperfect, so will the science, and so will those who exist that doubt it.

I also find it very ironic that the authors are surprised by the continued skepticism from some regarding the government adding “chemicals” to their drinking water.   The example of flouridization is framed as a silly resistance to science.

I prefer to call it “healthy” skepticism.

Perhaps the author should take a look at all of the “chemicals” placed in water by the government that are killing people daily, such as what has happened at Camp Lejeune.  Perhaps we should re-examine why people do not trust government or its mechanisms of control over the quality of our water, when they’ve proven time and again that they are incapable of doing so with either integrity or accountability.

Regardless of the efforts by the VA, military and others to deny or blur the science with misinformation regarding Camp Lejeune, I’m still at least encouraged by another quote from this article:

“Science will find the truth,” Collins says. “It may get it wrong the first time and maybe the second time, but ultimately it will find the truth.”

To Camp Lejeune, the USMC, the Veterans Administration, the US Department of Labor, the US Department of Defense and any other government officials still in denial.  You can deny, delay or dither regarding Camp Lejeune toxic water contamination and subsequent harmful health effects.  Regardless…

The science WILL find the truth.

The victims WILL achieve the justice they deserve.

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