What is Modern Superstition?

Such prevalence of the specious anti-science has injurious ramifications. Steve Jobs was the victim of his obdurate belief in alternative medicine. Mitt Romney did an about-face on global warming after Rush Limbaugh counted him out of the Republican primaries. Adults in the United States spend close to $34 billion out of pocket annually on alternative medicine, while the government can afford to spend only $5 billion on cancer research. Two thirds of Americans want creationism to be taught along with evolution in public schools, and three quarters of them accept at least one form of paranormal belief.

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  2. Wolfram is clearly within his right of artistic freedom, especially since most of the illustrations in his book are patterns of points on a square grid — which before the invention of computers was known as weaving, one of the world’s most popular forms of art.

    Capra is clearly within his right of religious and philosophical freedom.

    Zakov is violating principles of society by promoting false medicine. You already claimed that medicine is not science, so you shouldn’t consider him a problem to scientists. It’s up to the health profession to speak out against him.

    Laughlin is promoting Constructivism, which is an attack on all aspects of modern society, not just science. His ilk is too pervasive and dangerous to be covered in that little vignette. If you’re worried about Constructivists, you should have a separate section for castigating just them.

    Meanwhile, the claims that are actually Modern Superstitions; such as string theory, information theory, and the multiverse; get no mention at all.

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