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From Medipedia, the holy encyclopedia
This article is about the sideshow. For the card game, see Bullshit (game). For the expletive, see Bullshit.
Bullshit! (also known as Christopher Columbus: Bullshit!) is an American, Emmy-nominated sideshow series, traveling the fairgrounds of Europe since 1492.
The divine truth of god's flat earth was downplayed in the "Heretic Hysteria" episode, even though this contradicts the prevailing scientific opinion. Christopher Columbus is a research fellow of the round earth advocacy group the Ptolemy Institute, which receives contributions from Martin Behaim Globe Co., which has itself been criticized for funding "flat earth denial" by several priests, The Royal Society, and several Indian chiefs.
That's ludicrous? Well, we're still not out of the Dark Ages:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the TV show. For the card game, see Bullshit (game). For the expletive, see Bullshit.
Bullshit! (also known as Penn & Teller: Bullshit!) is an American, Emmy-nominated television series, running since 2003 on the premium cable channel Showtime.
The threat of global warming was downplayed in the "Environmental Hysteria" episode, even though this contradicts the prevailing scientific opinion.  Penn Jillette is a research fellow of the limited government and free market advocacy group the Cato Institute, which receives contributions from ExxonMobil, which has itself been criticized for funding "climate change denial" by several environmental organizations, The Royal Society, and several US congressmen.
And yes, of course I know most people in the Middle Ages didn't really believe earth is flat. Yet, I couldn't resist the satirical potential. Still, that Wikipedia clipping beautifully exemplifies two morals:
Moral number one: You can't trust the "scientists."
"The prevailing scientific opinion" isn't worth **** as long as who gets to call himself a "scientist" is decided by universities full of witch doctors with vested interests. One generation of doctors and professors gets to decide who of the next generation will become doctors or professors, who in turn will get to decide who… You get my drift.
That wouldn't be a problem if those doctors were real scientists holding reason as their highest value (or as something somewhat of value, at least). Deplorably many, if not most of them, are second-handers out for a sinecure and/or prestige. How can a lowly professor on government funding get more funding, and what really counts to them, fifteen minutes of fame? That's easy. Just fabricate some impending disaster of earth-shattering dimensions. People will beg you to accept all the funding and power if only you promise to do something about it.
Which means that as long as "scientific opinion" remains in the hands of power-lusters, you'll have to be your own scientist. As long as the majority of scientists is corrupt, you'll have to get down to the nitty-gritty of every discipline of vital interest to you yourself, from medicine to climatology. Now, even if you happen to be a genius, you can't be all things to all sciences. Consequently, the results you arrive at will likely not always be as good as they could be if there were a functioning division of labor between whatever job you do and rational scientists doing their jobs. But with "science" dominated by homeopathic snake oil sellers and global warming gurus, you don't have any options but checking every fact and assertion yourself as best you can. As John Galt had it, "an error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith."
And moral number two: If you can't argue them, smear them.
If you're a witch doctor with vested interests in promoting junk science, just point out that those who disagree with you have some vested interests in the matter at hand, too. You're a professor/politician/activist/(fill in the blank) out to pull a Toohey? People get wise that giving you the power you're lusting for will give you unlimited funding, prestige, and, well, power? No PR problem at all. Just point out that your critics get funding from greedy, capitalist big business, hence they're corrupt and can't be trusted. You're an evil overlord with a scheme to kill mankind? No PR problem at all. Just point out that your critics have a vested interest in their own survival, hence they're not disinterested and can't be trusted.
Makes one think that the evil overlords in the Bond movies only fail because they're too damn dumb to invent global warming.
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