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The Facts, the True Facts and nothing but the Facts
The Facts Please
In my hub, “NASA and the Doomsday Cloud.” I wrote that some scientists and NASA believe that our Solar System is about to enter an Energy Cloud that will heighten solar activity.
Today I read that some scientists say we are about to reach a period of solar in-activity.
Which is to be believed?
“Mexicans eat more fat than Americans, yet Americans have more heart disease.
The French drink more wine than Americans, yet Americans have more heart disease.
Italians use more oil than Americans, yet Americans have more heart disease.
Germans drink more beer than Americans, yet Americans have more heart disease.
This means, eat and drink what you like, as it is speaking English that promotes heart disease.”
“40% of road accidents are caused by drunken drivers. Therefore 60% are caused by sober drivers.
This means it is safer to drive when drunk.”
“60% of cancer victims smoke. 95% of cancer victims drink bottled water.
It is therefore safer to smoke, than drink bottled water.”
We know that none of these statements are true but they could be assumed to be correct if these were the only facts you were given.
Buy what You Want to Hear
When scientific statements are given, it will usually say “Professor Bloggs of X University” carried out experiments and from his findings………..
What we should also be told is WHO funded his research.
If a brewery asked some scientists to find some benefits from drinking beer, we would not expect to see in the scientist’s reports, the ill effects of drinking beer. They would loose their funding.
When scientific reports are given publicly, they should always state who funded the research. That way we can make up our own minds as to how much “spin” has been put on the facts and in which direction that spin has been given.
I am not saying that the scientists do not do good work or that they do not find the facts. I am just saying that their conclusions may be biased in order to maintain funding.
Governments will often also add weight, to any report that is conducive to its administrations agenda, regardless of its source of funding.