One of the things that annoys me most about modern society is the way it laps up the most incredible nonsense without question.
So called ‘facts’ are laid before the people that are patently ridiculous, yet the people lap them up just because words like ‘research’ have been used. Even the simplest logic will demonstrate that these so called ‘facts’ are so far off the wall that anyone with an IQ level above single figures should dismiss them. Yet they don’t.
One of the greatest curses is the survey. Surveys are fine for gathering opinion, yet they are being used to prove scientific fact. 55% of people believe the Earth is flat, so de facto, the Earth is flat. Statistics are also the curse of intellectual thinking. It snowed here yesterday, and statistically it didn’t snow here on March the 30th last year or the year before, ergo we are entering an ice age.
I read a survey recently.
It was a survey on opinion, therefore it was fine. I have no problems with surveys that test opinion.
I was horrified at the apparent lack of intelligence that the survey revealed, and the depth to which people suck up junk science and believe it to be true.
The first question was “Do you believe smoking is unhealthy?”
95% of respondents said ‘yes’ which didn’t surprise me. I will let that one pass.
The second question was “Do you believe that second hand smoke causes cancer?”
49% of people said ‘yes’ to this one. Here we are getting into the junk science area, because as yet, no one has ever found any evidence that second hand smoke causes anything other than annoyance. There is no evidence. There is no proof. Yet it is accepted as being a fact of life.
The third question was “Third-hand smoke refers to the tobacco residue left on and by smokers when they are not smoking cigarettes. Do you believe that third-hand smoke causes cancer?”
A staggering 18% said yes to this one. I use the word ‘staggering’ because ‘third hand smoke’ is the invention of a fanatic in the States who proposed this theory without any proof whatsoever. Scientists have tried to prove his hypothesis, and have failed abysmally. So nearly one in five people believe in something just because some crackpot suggested it.
The next question is interesting because it is born out of pure propaganda – “Do you believe that smoking bans can lead to an instant 20-30% drop in the rate of heart attacks”?
32% of respondents said ‘yes’ to this one which really saddens me. Many ‘studies’ have been done by crackpot organisations such as ASH to ‘prove’ this theory. Every single ‘study’ has been shown to be completely flawed, distorted or just patently invented. No reasonable study has ever shown any decline whatsoever. It is junk science at its worst, yet ASH and their ilk declare it as Gospel and a third of the population believe it simply because ‘they have read it somewhere’.
I will pass on the next question as it concerned e-cigarettes, but the one after left me wondering if there was any hope for humanity at all.
Do you agree with this statement: “Smoker’s breath can be harmful to health, especially to children, the elderly and those especially sensitive to many chemicals.”?
29% said ‘yes’. What? What the fuck? Where in the name of God did this come from? I have never even heard of this theory before, let alone seen any proof of it. I consider myself to be a reasonably logical person, and on the basis of logic alone I know this has to be patent bullshit, yet three out of every ten people believe it to be true? Am I really a death breathing dragon where every person I meet is likely to drop dead from cancer? For fuck’s sake! And, incidentally, 59% of non smokers believe this utter bilge!
The final question is another for the amoebas out there.
Do you agree with this statement: “Someone else’s smoke can kill you if even if you can barely smell it, and even if you can’t smell it.”
A staggering 29% said ‘yes’ to this claptrap!
So nearly a third of the population believe that something that isn’t there can kill you? And even if we are talking about odourless particles lingering in the air, they are supposed to be so deadly that they can kill you? That would rank smoke as being up there with plutonium.
It is a frightening survey. It beautifully illustrates the mindless state of the population. It nicely demonstrates that people are nothing more than brainless sheep being merrily led along without a care in the world provided they have access to an mobile phone or a television.