Not just scientists, but analysts of various types are really disappointing me lately. I am a fan of science. I think, for example, the things modern medicine can do for people is nothing short of miraculous. Men on the moon? Another miracle. On the other hand, scientists are surprised that migrating bluefin tuna have radiation in them after living off the shore of Japan and getting irradiated when Fukushima was leaking last year.
Really? You are surprised that fish who migrate from an area with radiation to an area without radiation are sporting radiation? Ummm, super smart guys, I have one word for you. Duuuhhh. And that is another thing. Why do we automatically assume that people who are scientists are smarter than everyone else hmmmm? Could it be that their INTERESTS are different, and therefore they have learned about stuff that many other people have not? I could’ve gone to medical school or majored in some science-y pursuit, but I’d rather not. I like words and books and artsy-fartsy stuff. The actual process of scientific discovery is, don’t tell anyone, boring to me. It’s like watching paint dry or grass grow. Yawn…
So, next time you blindly believe something you read, just remember that scientists are surprised by the whole radiated bluefin tuna thing, and develop a nice healthy dose of skepticism. And oh, one more thing, when government food scientists tell you that three rat turds in a cereal box is an acceptable level of rat poop in food, or that a certain number of bug parts per million is still healthy to eat in your chips or that radioactive tuna is still ok to eat, search around real good in the back of your brain, find that healthy dose of skepticism we just talked about earlier and use it.
Have a great, relatively nuclear free day and be kind to one another so that when we all turn into giant moths or spider people from eating radioactive fish, we can all just get along in our altered states
And here’s to some cool super hero powers as a result of the above!!