It is not equal time the creationists want. … Don’t kid yourself. They want all the time there is.
Science is complex and chilling. The mathematical language of science is understood by very few. The vistas it presents are scary—an enormous universe ruled by chance and impersonal rules, empty and uncaring, ungraspable and vertiginous. How comfortable to turn instead to a small world, only a few thousand years old, and under God’s personal; and immediate care; a world in which you are His peculiar concern.
Science is dangerous. There is no question but that poison gas, genetic engineering, and nuclear weapons and power stations are terrifying. It may be that civilization is falling apart and the world we know is coming to an end. In that case, why no turn to religion and look forward to the Day of Judgment, … [being] lifted into eternal bliss … [and] watching the scoffers and disbelievers writhe forever in torment.
Science is uncertain. Theories are subject to revision; observations are open to a variety of interpretations, and scientists quarrel amongst themselves. This is disillusioning for those untrained in the scientific method, who thus turn to the rigid certainty of the Bible instead. There is something comfortable about a view that allows for no deviation and that spares you the painful necessity of having to think.
[Creationists] make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Quotes from Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind, 1983.
Isaac Asimov is a Russian-American writer and biochemist who was a prolific author and editor of science fiction and non-fiction. These quotes show his book is still relevant in the so-called post-truth era. CERN is under constant attack and attracts rumours as it is also the case for so many scientific institutions. Anybody can contest their authority, just because they say so or misinterpret cherry-picked data.
Serious scientists are being harassed and threatened, especially when their research collide with financial interests (eg. climate change, genetics, medicines, food). The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who has been instrumental in exposing Volkswagen lies about its diesel engines, is now being progressively dismantled by the Trump administration.
But the many less vocal people can still rely on peer-reviewed serious scientific research. Use your common sense, trust data from bona fide institutions and beware from those who have no doubts.
Science Under Attack (BBC Documentary):
Militant atheism – Richard Dawkins: https://youtu.be/VxGMqKCcN6A
Cern answers queries from social media:
What you can do for the price of a cup of coffee per person:
An example of fact-checking website:
Yeah, fake scientist…
… publishing fake science
EPA’s science is under attack: What you need to know – When denial impacts institutions and every people’s health.
Dirty Money Episode 1 Hard Nox:
The Pill umbrella: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/171519511590/the-pill-umbrella-drug-research-went-from-the
The artistic blur of ecological cars: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/172518419930/the-artistic-blur-of-ecological-cars-i-what-this?is_related_post=1