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I always say “Give me a million dollar and I will craft you a study that concludes whatever you want” ! That is right, just having a scientific studies with result does not mean anything anymore. By who it is funded, how was the data collected and are the conclusions unbiased ?
Science has evolved so much that now we can even get the results we want out of a study. Science got to a point where it can be an art in marketing and not just pure unbiased research. We excel in careful selection of study length, in imaginative reasons to drop specific subjects that are not pointing at our desired conclusion, or simply choosing carefully the parameters that will make our point stand out. It is possible to get the conclusion you require, in exchange for a lump sum of money.
Famous now for its environmental faux-pas, the Concervative party of Stephan Harper didn’t like an European study on the environmental value of the tar-sand derived petroleum. So it decided to produce a study that would show otherwise and opened a public offering to produce an “independent” study on that matter. You don’t like someone else study.. no problemo, buy your own! (With taxpayer money if you can…)
<< Selon le journaliste scientifique Stéphane Foucart, du journal Le Monde, ceux-ci, confrontés aux faits, utilisent le discours scientifique comme un instrument de propagande pour instiller le doute. Ces mêmes procédés qui ont eu cours pour le tabac, l'amiante, le réchauffement climatique, le déclin des abeilles, le bisphénol A, les OGM. >>
On other side of things, Monsanto got approved almost worldwide GM crops based on 3-months studies. We now know from a french study that health problems in laboratory rats fed GM crops begins after 3 months. Furthermore, it causes sterilization after 3 generations (from another study). The 3-months studies from Monsanto are a HUGE scam that got bought by top world leaders, which makes me realize that to be able to accept a scientific studies, you should be a scientific yourself, not a politician.
And this goes on even on the medical field where pharmaceutical companies produce lots of scientific studies. This is definitely causing some bias.
Well what should you remember from all this : even scientific studies can be flawed. That fact that science backs something doesn’t means it is true. It might be true, or might just not be. Don’t give your trust so easily.
Do you know what a first-world tribe is?
They are tribes that live isolated from the modern world and who have preserved their way of life through the ages. Jean Pierre Dutilleux is renowned for making contact with these isolated tribes – as Jacques-Yves Cousteau is renowned for exploring the depth of the seas. Surprisingly both are french-speaking!
There are more than 700 tribal languages reported worldwide. However only a handful of fourth-world tribes still live undeterred by modern man. How amazing would it be to meet these extraordinary people from around the world. As Jean Pierre would say, it’s an opportunity to time-travel through the history of man.
As much important as biodiversity, the preservation of these living tribes is linked to earth’s future. We should respect their pristine homeland with fierce enthusiasm. We are calling ourselves the civilized ones while silently destroying our brothers’ homes and primary resources. Everything is linked and you would be surprised how it affect us even miles away. Take away someone’s foot and then see how challenging life becomes. The same thing is happening on a larger scale when we destroy key habitats of the world; even if we don’t realize it due to the process elapsing over multiple years.
At age 22, Jean Pierre had already filmed and photographed 50 tribes worldwide. We have to thank him for advances in the creation of Amazonian reserves that would otherwise be exploited. Most important is that he help raises awareness about fourth-world tribes. It is surprising how so little information about our wild brothers is available and known by population. I always say we need to add nutrition as a mandatory course in elementary school since people put food in their mouth three times a day (if not more). I now think that fourth-world tribes knowledge should be common knowledge along with geography. Not only it is interesting to learn their beliefs, habitat, method of hunting, foraging, healing, and altogether how they are living in partnership with nature – it would give us so much depth into reality as a society – a reality that is buried inside everyone of us that we dare to look. One fascinating fact is that some fourth-world tribes are able to manage to lives above our society’s reference of poverty. Yeah that’s right! And in our advanced society millions and millions of people are unable to provide for themselves and their family, living below the “poverty line” so to speak, dying of malnutrition and suiciding out of emotional imbalance and psychological distress.