I’ve presented the basic factions above. The sub-sects are too many to deal with. But, it is the aggregate of these belief systems that affects the course of history and our individual lives. Are you taking statins, cutting fat from your diet and living a life in a more confused and mentally exhausted state than necessary? Why?
It is in the best interest of the food industry for you not to hear that corn syrup is nearly as addictive as heroin. Nor, in a broad sense, do they want you seriously thinking about your diet, so low fat slowing your thinking and costing you more money works well for the food industry.
It is in the best interest of pill makers for the 1950’s 60’s idea of low-cholesterol for cardio health to stand. The 2011 market for statins was US$20 billion. Dissemination of research conducted in the last 30 years is forcing the market to decrease at 7+% per year. As the information gets out and people find they don’t need statins or a low fat diet they find they feel better and have clearer minds. They stop buying statins.
Settled science is a huge battle ground for free speech. Think about what “settled science” is. How much money is spent per year researching the boiling point of water. $0. That is settled science.
We have high predictive models of how temperature affects things. We can precisely and consistently predict the exact temperature at which water will boil or freeze for a wide range of criteria (think altitude/pressure, chemical combinations, etc.) No research needed.
Climate change is said to be settled science. But, billions (Al Gore just asked for US$15 trillion for climate fight/research – it is big money) are being spent on climate research. If it is settled science, why?
After nearly 50 years of research there is no understanding of climate change, on the warming side, that can build a predictive model of warming. The UN computer models are horrendously inaccurate and have failed for 30+ years. (Google 500k hits) Based on past performance there is no reason to think current predictions are accurate.
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