Are YOU a Science Denier?

[I have lifted this test in its entirety from the ever-scientific Mister Hans Moleman, over at mistermoleman.com. I am sure he won’t mind.]

Take this simple test and find out!

There is much concern these days about the current scourge of “science deniers,” people who refuse to accept factual truth as defined by a consensus of scientists. Of course, you don’t think you are one of “those people”. But can you be  sure?

Take this simple test and find out.

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Section 1:   Organic Food

Scientific consensus, as reflected by the US Department of Agriculture findings, says that organic foods are not safer or healthier than those grown conventionally. In the biggest meta-study to date, researchers at Stanford University conducted a systematic review to determine if organically produced foods are safer or healthier than conventionally produced foods. Overall, the published literature does not suggest health benefits from consuming organic rather than conventional foods.

Organic agriculture does, however, use far more of earth’s precious land and water resources than conventional farming.

Do you AGREE with this consensus? (no points)

Are you skeptical or unsure about this consensus? (1 point)

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Section 2: Vitamins

Scientific consensus, as reflected in the US Food and Drug Administration, finds that “There are many good reasons to consider taking vitamin supplements, such as over-the-counter multivitamins. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a doctor may recommend that you take them for certain health problems, or if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.” Otherwise, multivitamins are not needed by anyone eating a balanced diet.

Do you AGREE with this consensus? (no points)

Do you take a multivitamins without having been advised by your doctor to do so? (1 point)

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Section 3:  GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)

The scientific consensus has resulted in determinations by the FDA: “Nutritional assessments for foods from genetically engineered plants that have been evaluated by FDA through the consultation process have shown that such foods are generally as nutritious as foods from comparable traditionally bred plants.” And “Foods from genetically engineered plants must meet the same requirements, including safety requirements, as foods from traditionally bred plants.” No GMO foods go to market without FDA approval.

In addition, the EPA requires verification that the GMO is safe for the environment and conduct a food-safety analysis to ensure that it is not allergenic.

GMO foods are also essential for addressing the issues of world food production, especially in the famine-prone Third World where the “Green Revolution has radically increased crops.

Do you AGREE with this consensus? (no points)

Or do you prefer to buy foods that are certified non-GMO, “just in case,” even if they cost a little more? (1 point)

Extra points: Do you think GMO foods should be labelled to assist science deniers when shopping? (2 points)

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Section 4: Global Warming

Scientific consensus has determined that potentially disastrous Global Warming is resulting from human use of hydrocarbon fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. The two fuels that provide the bulk of the industrialized nations’ energy production are nuclear power plants (10%) and hydroelectric dams (2.3%).  All other non-carbon fuels (wind, solar, and geothermal) together add up to less energy than is produced by hydroelectric dams.

France alone provides 80% of its total electricity needs by nuclear power plants. Worldwide 69 new plants are under construction, a third of them in China, only 5 in the US.

Only nuclear power has the potential economically to replace fossil fuel use in the near future. Al Gore (voice of the scientific consensus) says ”The future of human civilization is at stake.”

Do you AGREE with the scientific consensus that only the rapid expansion of nuclear power generation can replace fossil fuels in the near- to mid-term? (no points)

Or do you think nuclear power is too dangerous (even more dangerous than global warming which puts the future of human civilization at stake)? (1 point)

Bonus Questions:

Do you think hydroelectric power dams should be built wherever possible, to increase our supply of clean, renewable energy? (no points)

Or do you think hydroelectric power dams are too environmentally harmful (even more harmful than global warming which puts the future of human civilization is at stake)? (1 point)

Extra Points: Do you think existing hydropower dams should be dismantled, so rivers can run free? (2 points)

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TEST OVER:  How Did You Do?

Add up your score to see how scientifically inclined you are.

0 points? Congratulations! You are a good scientific-consensus follower! Tell all your friends. Give them the test and see how THEY do.

1 or more points? You are a SCIENCE DENIER! SHAME ON YOU! You might as well skulk off to a trailer in backwoods Alabama, since you are unfit for enlightened society.

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