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Humans tend to be very opinionated. We all have a right to having our own opinions and freedom of speech (at least in the US and some other lucky countries), but are certain opinions more valuable than others?
Unfortunately, at least in the US, it seems that the opinions that matter most are the ones shouted the loudest.
*Insert political pun here, I’d rather keep this post neutral in that regard.*
Now, as an old and wise scientist, I don’t want to tell you what to think, but I want to teach you a trick to verify FACTS.
Some opinions are based on religion, culture, and personal belief. In that case all you can do is respect each other and realize that your opinion cannot be right or wrong.
But some opinions are based on facts and facts are either true or not. This is often the case with politics. So how do you check is someone is pulling your leg, manipulating reality?
PubMed. PubMed is Google for scientists or anyone smart enough to take advantage of it. It is not easy to navigate, but every piece of information that you find in this free library has been researched and validated by other scientists. Every piece of data is either statistical significant or not. The info here mostly relates to health and science. If you are a writer, this is a great place to do some background research.
Examples of wrong facts that caused public opinion to sway 1-Children adopted by gay parents are more likely to develop autism. They are not.
Research shows that there is no significant difference between kids raised by hetero or same sex couples. This is not an opinion, it’s a fact. There is no difference. Any difference observed is due to chance (this is what non statistical significant means).
Yet, this is still one of the reasons some people mention when opposing adoption by same sex couples. If this is all you’ve got, please stop. It’s been scientifically demonstrated that this is not true.
2-Vaccinations cause autism. This is not true. The original paper that showed that correlation was retracted (declared as false) years ago because the doctor behind it FABRICATED (invented) the data. He wanted to make it big and published a sensational paper without scientific foundation. Many papers proved him wrong. Vaccinations DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM, AT ALL. The author of the paper lost his license and professional accreditation, his research was labelled as bogus. This fact is wrong. If this is why you oppose vaccinations, please don’t. They SAVE LIVES. While they have other demonstrated risks, they are by far outweighted by the benefits (true fact).
So, does the açai berry cause you to lose weight? Does pulling coconut oil really withen teeth?
Well, Honey. I AM. And you can be too.
So, does the açai berry cause you to lose weight? Google might say so, but PubMed says no.
Does pulling coconut oil really whiten teeth? Yes, data on PubMed is unequivocal.
Now, PubMed is not good for everything and you are entitled to your opinions, but please check your facts, go to the source, READ. TV is wrong most of the time, even NPR pulls some bull once in a while. Be skeptical. Repeat only facts you are certain of. Mull things over.
It is your responsibility to stop the spread of bullshit that could and will harm innocent people.
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