The dangers of ignoring science

courtesy of Bill Longshaw

Both motivation and inspiration for this post came from this MSN New Zealand article, showcasing how people now stare at the sun as a means to lose weight. This issue is apparently ‘controversial’, but most of these crazy ideas and health trends are completely unsupported by science. Not only that, some of them are dangerous.

This just shows the dangers of not listening to science – or logic, for that matter. Staring at the sun is a stupid idea, and it has already been proven that it can cause severe damage to the eyes. Not only that, it is not a substitute for food! Human cells are unable to photosynthesize like plants, we are missing some of the chemicals involved. But I’m not writing this to rant about the (obvious) problems and dangers surrounding ‘sun eating’. Rather, I am here to showcase the dangers of ignoring science and logic as a whole.

Look at faith healing, the ridiculous placebo that a pastor commanding demons to be gone is enough to cure you of illness, and the countless people who have died as a direct result of this practice. Witch doctors, faith healing and all of that stuff doesn’t work. There are more (seemingly) plausible practices of using electromagnetic energy and other healing methods that I have not yet looked too deeply into, but we can all agree that religious faith healing is ineffective at best, and lethal at worst.

Ignoring, or at least not understanding, many of the scientific laws is a bad idea, look at what happens when you ignore physics like Newtons laws, angular momentum, hydrodynamics and other important principles. Just search ‘fail compilation’ on YouTube and you will find thousands of videos of people either ignoring, not understanding, or not taking into account scientific laws, producing a variety of painful and ridiculous results.

Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw at Flickr.com, image edited by mclasper.

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2 thoughts on “The dangers of ignoring science

  1. “[T]he well-known conflicts between religion and science in the past must all be ascribed to a misapprehension of the situation…. xxxx Though religion may be that which determines the goal, it has, nevertheless, learned from science, in the broadest sense, what means will contribute to the attainment of the goals it has set up. But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” –Einstein

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