Low Carb Diets Don’t Work and Bumble Bees Can’t Fly
I remember as a kid, whenever the popular press reported something people didn’t want to hear – oh, let’s say that all that margarine that was supposed to be good for us was suddenly pronounced bad for us – there was always a person who would trot out this old saw: “You know, science says that bumble bees can’t fly.”
This was supposed to be a way to diss science, call it a poopyhead, and use what is known as the ‘poisoning the well’ logical fallacy. “Well, science goofed on that bumble bee thing because every dope knows bumble bees DO fly. So this particular fact of the day must be wrong as well.”
It’s flawed reasoning.
(By the way, ‘science’ never said bumble bees don’t fly. This oft-repeated comment was stupid on so many levels.)
Science DOES get it right – a lot. Think of rockets, moon shots and…
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