Misappropriation of Science. 14 replies

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Smitty025

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#11 10 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;5054256I find it bizarre and annoying when people say that genetically modified food is unsafe for human consumption and dangerous to the environment. The genetic modification entailed involves cutting a few genes out of another plant or bacterium and inserting it into the genome, and then extensively testing the result for abnormalities in function to that hypothesized. This is in comparison to a technique which has been used easily and with little bureaucratic difficulty since the 1920s, the practice of putting plant strains near radioactive sources and selecting beneficial strains from those mutated plants.

While I agree that genetically modified foods are not particularly harmful, many of the arguments that activists make are not based in a total misunderstanding of science. They make valid points about altering the ecosystems in which the plants are cultivated.




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#12 10 years ago

I did not understand that at all.




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#13 10 years ago
Why wouldn't people be able to point out mistakes?

It's not that someone can't, just usually those that can aren't necessarily involved in the discussion. Some forums are lucky to have certain specialists on an area, but many self-proclaimed specialists really are just as bad for this as well.

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#14 10 years ago

Most people are irrelevant to an area under discussion anyway; it doesn't matter what opinion they hold since that opinion makes no practical difference.




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#15 10 years ago
Most people are irrelevant to an area under discussion anyway; it doesn't matter what opinion they hold since that opinion makes no practical difference.

That seems rather contrary to the entire point of groupwide discussion.

Also it can be relevant if they are misusing science to propagate misunderstanding and misconceptions to other people, and indeed side-tracking the discussion down false paths.

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