Fighting anti-science scaremongering, Upworthy-style
February 5, 2014 3:04 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for links to pithy and readily engaging videos and/or infographics that present positive
, optimistic, even inspiring, pro-science perspectives on any topic or area of controversy in which otherwise intelligent, well-meaning people might find themselves unwittingly supporting unscientific, pseudo-scientific, anti-scientific or technophobic viewpoints -- e.g. defenses of GMOs, vaccines, and "conventional" medicine, and educating against the naturalism fallacy and scare-mongering against "artificial chemicals," and psychiatric medication, etc.
posted by patnasty to Science & Nature (9 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking primarily for compelling video content that grabs the viewer pretty quickly. A long-ish video could work if there's a particularly pithy, impactful part viewers could be advised to skip to (and then hopefully go back and watch the whole thing.) Text content could also work, if it's presented in a visually interesting way.
What I'm finding out there are tons of "takedowns" of pseudo-science that have a argumentative, snide or outright derisive tone, and while those can be fun and cathartic for the like-minded, I'm looking for more positive, hope-inspiring takes on the subject -- more "yay science!" than "boo, stupid people." Content that paints a picture of all the great things we can do, all of the suffering we have -- and can continue to -- prevent, if we only embrace reason, skepticism and the scientific method, aside our suspicion of expertise and specialized knowledge, and abandon our fears of change.
[Note: I'm not looking for an argument on any of these issues. There are many, many forums on the internet for debate on such topics, so here, I'm just looking for help finding the materials I'm asking about.]