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AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICANS WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN SCIENCE
Dear Every American Who Doesn’t Believe in Science:
I know you are smart. I know you care about your kids, your family, your pets. I know you are a basically decent human being who wants to do right and contribute to society. And because I know these things, I’m going to try very hard to understand why you refuse to believe in scientific fact, rather than berate you and call you names.
But I still really don’t get it.
I wish we could sit down and talk. I wish I could explain my views without you getting defensive. I wish you could show me your proof without the hair standing up on the back of my neck. So I’ll admit – we both have a problem. We both are talking to answer, not having a conversation to listen.
The funny thing is, I actually think I’m reasonably good at seeing the other side of any issue. There are a few issues where I struggle, but even then, if I’m honest with myself, I can intellectually understand the other side of the issue and why my friend or colleague has positioned himself on that side.
Regarding immunizations and genetically modified organisms, I can’t.
Yes, I view these two issues – though they are definitely in different industries – as intertwined. Why? Because the people who are anti either of them have a blatant disregard for science and I just don’t understand that.
Scientific consensus on both of these issues is that both are safe. Immunizations are safe for the vast majority of people. GMOs are safe for everyone.
Do you understand what scientific consensus is, my friend? That means that most of the scientists (maybe even those who don’t usually agree) believe the safety of GMOs and immunizations to be fact. It’s beyond dispute. The data has proven safety beyond a shadow of a doubt so that scientists no longer squabble over this issue.
There is also scientific consensus on gravity. That the Earth is round. That germs spread disease. That atoms exist.
Friend, do you question these truths as well?
The thing is, science is fact. And while there may be outliers that disagree that the Earth is round, why are you so quick to take up with the outliers that believe GMOs are bad? If you ran into a scientist who believed the Earth was flat, wouldn’t you think he was a quack? And when that same doctor believes GMOs are bad, why do you believe him?
I think it must be because buying organic has become a status symbol for you. You are buying boutique food and making all the other parents feel bad about it. Which, if true, proves another point for another day – that maybe we never really leave junior high.
Your crusade to eliminate vaccines – is it the same sort of status symbol? I just can’t cognitively understand anything else.
In fact, here’s a question I’ve been dying to ask and I promise to listen intently: do you deny your children life-saving vaccines and still use birth control? Do you buy organic produce and hormone free meats and still believe in plastic surgery? Do you use an iPhone or a computer? Why are some of these technologies demonized and others celebrated?
Let’s talk, you and I. I have gotten to a point where I really need to understand why you disregard science. Because even if your viewpoints are too solidly held to change, I have to be sure I understand how this happened and do everything I can to stop it.
Who knows what unscientific nonsense my grandchildren will face?