No, I'm not talking about THE BANKING COMMUNITY, I'm talking about The Science Community - oh, I see. Yeah, you mean a ring of wagons?
Well, the ring of wagons happened last night, all right. Here's the blurb from last night's SCIENCE UNDER ATTACK edition of Horizon:
Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse examines why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded - from the theory that man-made climate change is warming our planet, to the safety of GM food, or that HIV causes AIDS.
He interviews scientists and campaigners from both sides of the climate change debate, and travels to New York to meet Tony, who has HIV but doesn't believe that that the virus is responsible for AIDS.
This is a passionate defence of the importance of scientific evidence and the power of experiment, and a look at what scientists themselves need to do to earn trust in controversial areas of science in the 21st century. [source BBC HORIZON]
Nothing wrong with that editorial, you'd think. It seems fair and measured and Evidence Examining, right?
Well, you can watch it on BBC IPLAYER: HORIZON - SCIENCE UNDER ATTACK for the next thirty days if you're in the UK. By all means, watch it. Watch the 'down your nose' appraisal of 'conspiracy theories' and tell me if HORIZON has been objective in its research of the accusations surrounding certain subjects like Global Warming, GM foods, vaccines and HIV/AIDS. There was a very nauseating display of technological extravagance from NASA, but...
I could find no examination of evidence in support of Al Gore's intimate connection with the FAILED Chicago Carbon Exchange (the mechanism through which Carbon Taxing would flow).
I could find no examination of evidence of the GM foods seed that's a ONE SHOT plant that grows but doesn't produce its own seeds, meaning farmers have to pay and pay every year, meaning consumers have to pay and pay every year for rising food costs.
I could find no examination of evidence that vaccines are used worldwide to control the population of diseased Third World countries, when simple NUTRITION would solve many of the epidemic issues in many countries. Nor was there any discussion of the BRAIN DAMAGE vaccines have caused.
Which leads to the AIDS shocker - Tony, the man in New York, who was diagnosed with HIV and refused to participate in the antiretroviral therapy (HAART). In fact, he went off, did his own research, and concluded (for himself) that regulation of the bacteria in his own gut(!) was a way to prevent AIDS from forming. Did Sir Nurse's enormous chip on his shoulder allow him to consider that this may be a brilliant way to allay the onset of AIDS? No, he said, "In my mind, I know that the HIV virus causes AIDS and what Tony says to me seems like nonsense." (paraphrase)
This lofty idealism got worse when "Sir Tony" was invited into Telegraph blogger James Delingpole's home to RAM SOME CLIMATE CHANGE DOWN HIS THROAT.
I mean, it was funny watching these two 'bristling personalities' bring their own delusions to the table and defend them without remorse but it resembled nothing like Real 'Scientific' Debate. Comical human stalemate.
This programme's great failing was that (while it wanted Science to distance itself from political influence) it did nothing to examine Science's tacit role in the Great Conglomerate Take-over of planet earth, its overtaxed citizens and its ever-waning native population of wild animals, trees (the planet's lungs) and varied plant life.
Update: ironically, this blogpost has made the HORIZON buzz page and is HIGHLIGHTED as "particularly relevant to the issues raised in this episode". Hopefully they take note and leave the politics behind next time they try to make a nice science documentary.