Six Degrees of Pseudoscience

Those who make a living spreading bullshit and misinformation are a very small incestuous group. What I always find fascinating is that when I find a new pseudoscience proponent to shoot down with cold, hard logic, and indisputable facts, they are always in some way connected to someone else I have previously talked about. 

1 – Gilles-Éric Séralini – Author of the highly discredited paper ‘Long-term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize‘, which shows that men who drink the herbicide RoundUp live longer. He also allowed the rats in his study (known for spontaneously growing tumours) to remain alive whilst 25% of their body weight was tumours, so that, in my opinion, he could get pointless, unscientific pictures to be used in ant-GMO propaganda.

2- Zen Honeycutt – Zen is the founder of Moms Across America, a group of mothers who, for some unknown reason, have decided to publish their ignorance and lack of critical thinking online. I know that sounds harsh, but in all honesty, there is no better way of explaining these people’s promotion of bad science and conspiracy theories regarding GMOs. When she is not spreading misinformation about GMOs, she is telling her followers that you can cure autism in under 6 weeks by switching to an organic diet. She also is desperately trying to sell “molecular hydrogen” as an all natural panacea.

3 – Vandana Shiva – The ‘Nicholas Cage’ of the anti-GMO movement, as she never turns down a role or an opportunity for self-promotion, and it does not hurt that she charges a reported $40,000 per speaking lecture either. Vandana has some very unusual views with regards to agriculture and is not, as so many claim her to be, the champion of the poor as, if she got her way, millions would starve. Vandana wants to literally take us back to the dark ages, and for us to ignore all the advancements in technology that have taken so many from the brink of starvation. 

4- Rachel ParentSome kid who’s anti-GMO video went viral. Rachel is so frightened of being confronted with evidence that contradicts her own dogmatic views on GMOs that she blocked me on Twitter without interacting with me once. I honestly didn’t even know she existed. 

5 – Jeffrey Smith – Believes that chemtrails are part of Monsanto’s conspiracy to control the world food supply, and was a guest speaker at the 2012 Consciousness Beyond Chemtrails Conference. He also starred in what I consider to be the best anti-GMO documentary of all time, Seeds of Death.

6 – Stephanie SeneffAn MIT professor who believes that one in two children will be autistic by 2025 by simply extrapolating back from current trends and therefore presumably thinks that number will increase indefinitely. Seneff nowadays is recommending force feeding autistic children a bleach to cure them.

7 – Robert Scott Bell – Bottom of the barrel bullshit propagator who believes in every conspiracy going. Once on his radio show, where he is lucky if he gets over 300 listeners, he promoted the idea that I am just the face of Myles Power Incorporated. 

8 – The Late Liam ScheffAIDS denialist who once filed a false DMCA against me. His book, ‘Official Stories’, reads like the transcript of a lobotomised, paranoid drunk talking to himself in the pub. Never before have I seen someone who is so willfully uninformed put pen to paper and publish their failings for the world to see. Never before have I seen someone be so blissfully ignorant of his or her own ineptitude. And never before have I seen someone suffer this badly from delusions of superiority. He was a perfect example of someone suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Despite what the title of this article would have you believe, this isn’t a case of six degrees of separation, as many of the people listed above have connections with one another. For example, Zen Honeycutt and Stephanie Seneff partnered together to test 5 childhood vaccinations for glyphosate. They reported that they found trace amounts in each vaccine, and went on to say that they believed this impurity causes autism. Robert Scott Bell and Jeffrey Smith have also often produced content online together. 

The one thing all these people have in common is that they all vehemently oppose GMOs. With the exception of Séralini, they are all self-proclaimed experts who reinforce and amplify each other’s irrational fears to give the impression of a large unified resistance but, in reality, they are a minority. Genetically modified foods are subjected to more testing than any other type of food, and every credible study shows that they are safe for human and animal consumption. There are literally thousands of papers documenting the general safety and nutritional wholesomeness of genetically modified food. The only reason I can think of as to why these people believe GMOs on the market pose a threat is that they want to believe it.

We must always stand up to people like the ones on this list because if they ever got their way, many would suffer.

 

 

About Myles Power (678 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

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