from The Daily Bell:
On Twitter recently, someone asked the question “Why do people doubt science?” Accompanying the tweet was a link to an article in National Geographic that implied people who are suspicious of vaccines, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), climate change, fluoridated water and various other phenomena are confused, adhere to conspiracy theories, are motivated by ideology or are misinformed as a result of access to the ‘University of Google.’ … Who tweeted the question and posted the link? None other than Robert T Fraley, Monsanto’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. – CounterPunch
Dominant Social Theme: A plague of scientific doubts is upsetting the proverbial applecart. Monsanto’s feelings are hurt.
Free-Market Analysis: We’ve noticed an uptick in this meme over time. In various feedbacks, we’ve noted commentators being questioned regarding their educational background. For instance, someone may make a comment on the ‘Net regarding the lack of believability of global warming. A retort may feature the commentator’s lack of formal educational background, the implication being that if he or she doesn’t have a PhD in the field, then the opinion is uninformed.
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