Belief vs. Doubt

It’s impossible to know everything, that’s one thing we know for sure. Although humans think all of the pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together, there is still another puzzle yet to be started. Some scientists refuse to believe the fact that some things are simply impossible. There is no way to reshape the pieces of the puzzle to fit together. I think that we need to give up trying to put the square block through the circle hole and just accept that it won’t work. But, we have figured things out that we know for sure. Once something is proven without a reasonable doubt, I believe that it can become knowledge. If there is an explanation, that is another criterion of making something knowledge and that it wasn’t just left up to chance.

I then, after reading this article, watched a PSA regarding the similarities between climate change and cigarette smoking. This PSA is similar to the article because it regards what knowledge will change our be proven incorrect in the future. This short video outlines our shift in paradigms from believing that cigarettes aren’t bad and our current knowledge that cigarette smoking often causes lung cancer. In the case of cigarettes, the scientists knew that they were bad but the companies withheld the truth, weaseling around it.

As my advertisement that appeals to the public, I chose to use an ad for Abilify, a medicine that you add to antidepressants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv2hS_NulHU). The list of side effects in this video is masked by saying “if any of these things happen, call your doctor.” What this is really saying, but the public doesn’t pay much attention to, is that any of these things are plausible causes of “adding Abilify.” For example, “uncontrollable muscle movements that may become permanent” is masked by trying to get sympathy for a sad looking man on screen. The possible side effects of this drug take up a significant part of the advertisement, but people continue to use it while others continue to join them.

Finally, for my controversial topic that I explored on Twitter, I chose abortion. According to Danielle Dellorto, a CNN reporter  the rate of abortion has dropped. Because she is (or at least says she is) a reporter, she is more credible than just some citizen who’s into this topic. The only problem with her statistic is that there is no defined correlation between the drop in abortion rate and the distribution of birth control. To anyone who isn’t reading into this tweet like I am, this would sound impressive. But, there are too many variables that could affect abortion. It is also an incredibly small sample size. In her claim, Danielle only refers to the women in St. Louis. To be more impressive, a much larger sample group should have been tested on or observed.

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