Thursday, September 23, 2010

ridiculously gullible

A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide."

And for plenty of good reasons, since:

  1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
  2. it is a major component in acid rain
  3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
  4. accidental inhalation can kill you
  5. it contributes to erosion
  6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
  7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.
  • Forty-three (43) said yes,
  • six (6) were undecided,
  • and only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.
The title of his prize winning project was, "How Gullible Are We?"

He feels the conclusion is obvious.

I really have nothing to add.

Except for the fact that it speaks volumes to the fact

that MANY are ridiculously gullible.


Karin said...

bahahahahahaha....except that it's not all that funny when you consider how people will jump on a bandwagon without checking things out. Urgh...

Jean said...

Very good!! I am afraid I am right there with the gullible individuals. Oops!

What a great idea for a school project!! Smart kid!!

Madeleine said...

I didn't know if I should be like : UGH, or like : HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

I guess both are in order.

I am amazed when I speak to the alarmist-makers. They get mad and avoid us, for we ask the questions to understand. Not just gasp and believe it.


Scratch the surface and you are left with oxymorons.

Good post!

Holly said...

That is REALLY good. I admit, I probably would have signed the petition!

Debby said...

Really good.....guess I'm the one who said Wait...isn't that just water???!!

Although I have my Gullible moments....just not about

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