Science is not a Democracy

The interesting thing about science–and human health–is that 30,000 people can have one point of view and one person can have another point of view. And that one person with the dissenting point of view can turn out to be the one who is right. As microbiologist Morten Laane points out, science is not a Democracy.

Consider Galileo whose idea that the Earth moved around the sun was in direct opposition to what the church authorities, and the majority of the people, believed and wanted to be true. However unpopular his theories, Galileo turned out to be right.

Or Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, who saved U.S. babies from thalidomide despite the fact that the medical establishment believed it was safe and it was given to pregnant women in dozens of places around the world, including Canada, Britain, and the Middle East. Kelsey’s skepticism and insistence on erring on the side of caution saved thousands of American babies from devastating health problems.

But so many parents and doctors have been seeing vaccines causing health problems with their own eyes–and so many have started speaking up about it and started sharing their stories–that they can no longer be dismissed as “outliers.”

— Jennifer Margulis, PhD
Advertisements

One thought on “Science is not a Democracy

  1. Exactly. I always say, no one – whether they be a doctor, nurse, biologist, etc – can tell me that what I saw happen to my own child, in my own home, with my own eyes, is not true.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s