A Sickness Over the Land

Why scientists believe what they do, and why the public too often doesn’t go along


Elias Chasiotis / Astronomy Magazine

 From David J. Eicher at Astronomy Magazine / 03.23.2016:

There’s a sickness over the land. It may not, as the biblical plagues did, kill anyone. But it is corrupting millions of people with an unrealistic, warped view of the universe around them.

Every hour, every day, every week, and every month, the quality of information shared between people is seemingly getting worse, plagued by inaccuracies, exaggerations, overreactions, and outright lies. It happens in newspapers, in magazines, on television, on the Internet, and especially on social media, more and more, seemingly, as time goes on.

It’s a gross misrepresentation of science, the rational thinking process that allows us to interpret the world.

And it shows absolutely no signs of stopping. In fact, it seems to accelerate as time rolls on.

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