Sunday, August 3, 2014


What does an astrophysicist know about gmos anyway? Probably nothing more or less than the general public. Yet Neil deGrasse Tyson's loyal followers believe every word he says. Tyson states, “I’m amazed how much rejection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public,” Tyson tells a French interviewer. “It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don’t fully understand it or don’t fully know or embrace its consequences, and so therefore reject it.” This "fear factor" which Tyson speaks of reminds me of Albert Einstein's fear of a day when technology would overlap humanity. Truly this overlap has begun and not so much with food or gmos, but certainly with smart phones and human interaction. 
A lot of the debate in science is based on religion and ignores the fact that scientist often debate each other and come to different conclusion from their own theories and experiments. Again people don't want to see outside the spotlight. Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson have suddenly become the faces of science. Science has many realms, much more than just astrology and mechanical engineering. So when the followers of science believe every word from these two superstars of science, they themselves are truly not understanding and just accepting that and astrophysicist and a mechanical engineer can both explain all aspects of science as fact. This is simply not true. A woodworker may not be able to build a house and a carpenter may not be able to build a desk, yet the common person may think the duties are interchangeable because both use similar tools and methods to construct things. 
Many people choose to use resources as reason to debate an argument. Others may say, well you got your facts from someone who believes in aliens therefore nothing they say could be true, or you got your beliefs from the bible therefor nothing you believe is true. These assumptions are simple prejudice. We can all learn a lot from the people we disagree with and that has to be not only accepted but embraced and explored. If it were true that all actions from those whom we believe are not to be taken as fact then why are people accepting an astrophysicist who is host of a television show which is broadcast by fox, produced by seth macfarlane, and sponsored by corporations such as Chrysler and Samsung to know what he is talking about in regards to gmo?
It simply comes down to a multi sided argument in which all sides want to have the biblical control known as dominion. Just leave nature alone and nature will take care of you, or get rid of you. Either way is not wrong, if it is what nature does.

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