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Free excerpt from Austin Ruse’s Fake Science

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From Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data:

There is no scare quite like a good food scare; no scam quite like a food scam. People are downright obsessional about what they put in their mouths. California now requires the labeling of more than six hundred chemicals that you might meet in your food. The creation of true miracle foods by genuine scientists has been met with leftist hysteria, scientific fraud, threats, and lawsuits. For example, as we’ll see, a new strain of rice that could save hundreds of thousands of children from blindness has never gone to market. We look at this disaster in chapter seven. More.

The war on evidence that Ruse addresses is widespread, and it most likely comes from treating science as an instrument of progressive social policy. Which means that the problem will get worse.

Historically, progressivism tends to end in mass murder: Most societies reach an equilibrium because they seek accommodation with human nature. Progressives seek to transform human nature and thus they become more violent as their frustrations and failures mount. Alas, people think we can meet progressives halfway, but we cannot. There is no point at which the progressive can stop because his war is with reality.

See also: Books of interest: The golden age of fake science and dodgy statistics

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Tales of the Tone Deaf, featuring dim profs writing in dozy journals about why people doubt Science and how to fix them. They do not appear able to process the fact that the public is well aware of any number of dubious findings about nutrition, for example, marketed for decades as Science. And is beginning to learn about the corruptocrat crime labs. Yes, Science again. And then there are all the scandals around peer review to stumble over. Skeptics are replacing worshippers for a reason.

Also:

A partial list: The skinny on salt, veggie oil,, skim milk, whole foods. Nutrition science is nearly baseless but it rules. By the way, sitting does not increase overall mortality risk.

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