Postmodernity Often Mistakes Benefiting from Science for Knowing Something about It

Result: people who sign petitions to ban dihydrogen monoxide and expand abortion rights to the fourth trimester.

It’s what comes of worshipping instead of using the intellect.

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  • Guest

    Where’s the petition to ban DHMO? The website is hilarious, but I didn’t see a petition.

    • Stu

      There was a boycott organized against everything that contained DHMO but support for it dried up.

      • meunke

        Bu dum, TISH!

  • Chesire11

    Personally, I think things like this are more attributable to pride than anything else. Nobody likes to admit that they have never heard of something, so they just nod and agree with any absurdity presented with confidence and commitment.

    • Sadly, I’ve been accosted by signature gatherers who become quite aggressive when I ask for more information, or for time to think about the issue, before putting my name on their petition. They’re not interested in informing you; rather, they’re just gathering “support” for the issue.

      I hope that Not All Signature Gatherers Are Like That, but at least half those I’ve had any interaction with are indeed Like That.

  • MarylandBill

    Actually, on a somewhat related note. Popular Science’s website is disabling comments on its website… I found their statement about why somewhat disturbing….

    When they mentioned scientific doctrine I started wondering when science had become a religion.

    • Stu

      How pathetically sad.

      I guess now we will never have the chance to comment on their other lofty “science articles” like:

      We’ve Finally Figured Out What Makes LED Bulbs So Inefficient

      10-Year-Old Accidentally Creates New Molecule in Science Class

      8 Signs That Girl You Met On The Internet Is Fake

      Why Dudes Who Can’t Smell Never Get Laid

      This Must Be The Best Ruler Ever Invented

      Woman Drinks Coke Instead Of Water For 16 Years

    • All this just means that the 19th century popes were right, after all.

    • Scott W.

      This is really an astounding Colonel Jessup moment in my mind. First, when does anyone read Popular Science other than at the dentist’s office? Secondly, it’s a stinkin’ combox for goodness’ sake. If they had said, “Look, we just don’t have the resources or inclination to properly monitor the comments.” we’d have believed them and thought it reasonable, but noooo. They had to get on their high horse and give the whole game away:

      “Did you order the code red?!”


      “Did you turn your magazine into a organ of consensus-building to help the State fleece a gullible public and keep safe an endless stream of funding?!”

      “You’re damn right we did!”