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Science is just an opinion

So the title of this is deliberately meant to annoy you. I don’t believe it but I amĀ  shocked by the number of people who seem to hold this believe as a truth. Just because someone cannot understand the underlying principles behind a scientific theory means they dismiss it as false or just an opinion. Take climate change for example, this has become a political issue seen as an opinion based on which side of the political divide you fall on. If you take a few moments to really examine the science and more importantly the long list of scientific alumni gathered on one side of the debate you wonder how people can fall into the trap of making the issue political. Of course there are vested interests who want to ensure that they maintain peak profitability by denying any human link but they are a small minority. They spend enough to make them a majority opinion though and there we have the real problem with modern science. If you are rich enough then you can change reality. This is what is happening with scientific review at the moment though, there are sources who are clearly in the pay of whichever corporation drives a dump truck full of money to their door. That is terrible news for the layman and society in general.

Scientific fact should not become a political opinion and it is incredibly dangerous to obfuscate the truth so badly. It also makes it more and more difficult to clearly explain and demonstrate any new breakthrough to people with only a passing interest. Climate change is only the tip of the iceberg, if you will pardon the pun. This is something that garners headlines all around the world and something similar is fracking. This is quite clearly a dangerous method of extraction and causes untold damage, but holding that opinion makes me a liberal scaremonger. Similarly with genetically modified crops, do we really know the dangers of introducing a new type of crop into an eco system. Is it safe to have a crop that is engineered to only yield a crop once? Is there any guarantee that it cannot cross pollinate with any flora or fauna?

I love science, it is what has driven humanity forward throughout time from the very first person to discover that cracking flint causes a spark right up to the incredible images being sent back from the Hubble telescope or the Mars Rover. It still blows my mind that the Voyager has now passed beyond the edge of our solar system. Something created by our strange and angry species has sent us pictures back from the very edge of our domain. There is a robot on Mars sending us a vast array of fascinating data about the formation and history of that planet. We are an amazing species and science is one of the greatest areas of achievement for us. It really is what separates us from the animals, our ability to design and manufacture great buildings, terrible weapons, amazing space projects and revolutionary medicines. These people who have expanded our mind and furthered our knowledge of our universe deserve more respect than to be lumped in with a paid shill churning out whatever their paymaster wants to hear.

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Greetings and salutations world, my name is SDZ Whitaker and after much toil and the occasional bead of sweat I have finally finished my first book. It is a Sci-Fi novel set 200 years in the future. It turns out aliens did land at Roswell in 1947 and that is where the 2147 title comes from. The world has broken up into 6 factions based mostly along geographic lines and the story revolves around the shadowy remnants of the CIA who are the only ones in contact with the alien race. That is all about to change though as Dr. Edgar Drake has finally cracked light speed travel and is in the process of building a ship. Once they get to the edge of the solar system they will find the aliens waiting for them. The question is after 200 years of waiting, what are their intentions?

The book is up on Amazon and if anyone could take the time to read it and review it then you would have the eternal gratitude of a man who wants nothing more than to give up the rat race to sit at home in his pants and write about day dreams. A worthy aspiration but in the mean time I suppose the grind of daily drudgery must continue. I will be updating this blog about anything and everything that pops into my mind from the struggles of being an anonymous author to what is annoying me about the world today. I am mildly obsessed with politics so I am sure reviews of the current state of affairs in whichever country pops into my head will feature fairly frequently.

In the meantime if you read this then please leave a comment, even if it is to question the small modicum of ability that I have. Anything and everything is welcome.