Dr Sherri Tenpenny says of the author of this article: Ethan Siegel is clearly deranged. This is one of the most alarming pieces of propaganda I’ve seen in a LONG time.
Tom: The most blatant promotion of authoritarian tyrrany I have ever read. Every example he uses of unchallengable certainties, from fluoride and vaccines being safe to global warming being anthropomorphic is a blatant lie and disprovable falsehood.
Albert Eistein said “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
I will go with Albert over Ethan any day of the week and twice on Sunday!
Here’s a list of 32 subjects where if you had trusted the scientific advice it could have been [and was for many] deadly:
In the Forbes article Ethan says we cannot form accurate opinions on areas outside our own fields of expertise, we must take the word of authority. Here is what the curators of the medical authority publications have to say about that:
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” (Dr. Marcia Angell, NY Review of Books, January 15, 2009, “Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption)”
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness…”
“The apparent endemicity of bad research behaviour is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. Or they retrofit hypotheses to fit their data. Journal editors deserve their fair share of criticism too. We aid and abet the worst behaviours.
“Our acquiescence to the impact factor fuels an unhealthy competition to win a place in a select few journals. Our love of ‘significance’ pollutes the literature with many a statistical fairy-tale… …Journals are not the only miscreants. Universities are in a perpetual struggle for money and talent…” (Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief, The Lancet, in The Lancet, 11 April, 2015, Vol 385, “Offline: What is medicine’s 5 sigma?”)
Here is the link to the article. WARNING: It could be severely assaulting to your sensibilities and your opinion of your thinking ability if you believe this claptrap.