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Hating Science

movigo 2020.05.04 04:11 조회 수 : 23

    I recently watched Tom Scott's video about Aultsville and was startled by how sarcastic people were at science, like saying that the only difference between science and screwing around is writing it down or not. I'm definetly far from a scientist, nor do I know much about what philosophy science is based on and how scientific research is conducted. But I've always been a fan of science, because the knowledge it provided was interesting and often useful. My friends were also interested in the same thing, so the child me assumed that everyone considers science as interesting and informative. That illusion was shattered over time, and I'm having trouble dealing with the science-hating world.

    People often consider scientist as monsters because they sometimes do things most people would consider inhumane. A good example would be Aultsville. The main cause of this kind of perspective may be because people don't know that science is all about objectivity and logic. It sacrifices everything else for it. You may be wondering what science achives through that. The answer is knowledge.

    Because most people trade objectivity for "being human" and "warm" and other sorts of arbitrary and naiive concepts, they are the perfect targets for pseudoscience, such as the hype for negative ions. The hype finally died down after the humane ones realized that matress manufacturers were putting toxic levels of radon into their matresses so that they could get all the negative ions they wanted, which would eventually combine with positive ions and neutralize in a matter of miliseconds. Companies like Samsung and LG once built water containers inside their fridges and attatched a piece of cheap magnet under them, then advertised that the magnet will generate "hexagonical water" which is good for health. Turns out, "hexagonical water" can't be generated by a tiny magnet, and even if it could, it does nothing to the body.

    I'm also bewildered how people fall in love with Tony Stark(he's rather an engineer, but often portrayed like a scientist) and hate Martin Brenner at the same time. When they talk about the invincible Iron Man, they admire science. When they rage at the father who used his daughter for science, they hate every single scientist. They are furious at the scientists conducting experiments on animal, yet always waiting for new cures that those inhumane experiments will offer.

    Such a paradox is hard for me to understand.

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