Here are some very bad reasons or arguments for rejecting scientific studies (and therefore you can, of course, be damned sure to find them being referred to by woos and religious people).
xxx Science has often been wrong in the past, so why should I trust science today?
xxx Science is all about the money and no scientist gets money to research to confirm the “Other World” and its spiritual inhabitants.
xxx My gut feelings tell me science can’t be trusted. I rely on my intuition much more than I trust scientific research.
xxx I’m entitled to have my own opinion/belief. Science has no right whatsoever to decide what I should believe or not believe in.
xxx I’ve done my own research and my husband/wife agrees with me that my conclusions are correct.
xxx Science is based on dogma as much as religion is. And I prefer religious dogmas more that scientific ones, because religion is about Heaven or Hell, and I don’t want to go to Hell.
xxx Science is used by governments and politicians – not to speak of skeptics or atheists – to deceive and mislead us ordinary people.
xxx I trust my cousin who says he/she was cured by prayers instead of relying on and following his/her doctor’s advice. Why would my cousin want to lie to me?
More bad reasons/arguments can be found in the post I now reblog. Please, read it. I’m sure you are going to enjoy doing it – unless you are a woo or a religious person. (How can I be so sure of that? Because my cousin told me so. 🙂 )
A few days ago, I posted what I thought was a fairly innocuous image (right) onto my blog’s Facebook page. I was, however, sadly mistaken. My page was quickly flooded with comments by people who arrogantly insisted that there was nothing wrong with blindly rejecting all of the thousands of studies showing that vaccines are safe. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised by this, but still, I was astounded by the level of hubris and willful ignorance that was being so proudly displayed. What didn’t surprise me, however, were the attempts at justifying such a baffling position. They included all of the usual tropes about conspiracies, scientists being paid off, government corruption, etc. (I have included screen shots of some of the responses to the meme throughout this post). Most of these responses suffered the same fundamental problem. Namely, they assumed that there was something wrong with the studies rather…
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