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It’s that simple really.

The world today is propaganda central. We are constantly bombarded by reasons, arguments and enticement to try to convince us to accept and get on-board with a myriad of agendas; ranging from what to choose for our breakfast cereal to who to elect to who we should believe about the planet’s future.

These organisations are very good at what they do. They have had a lot of practice and have developed a network of ‘experts’ to endorse and verify their assertions. They can quote a lot of facts and figures too.

The sad part is that the ‘free press’ is complicit in the deluge. This is happening in a number of ways: From the huge companies owning media brands to further their agendas, through not wanting to bite the advertising hand that feeds, down to journalists that don’t have the time, knowledge or inclination to do any quality or penetrating rebuttal works.

The ONLY way to cut through the careful wording, half truths, slights of hand and downright bullshit is to have some real knowledge of your own.

I’m lucky enough to have had a good education and moreso a good science education. So I can pick apart some of the nonsense. There are a LOT of people who are not so well equipped. These people get taken for a ride every minute of every day.

The best thing to happen to the world, which is more and more run in the interests of bigger and bigger companies, would be for the general population to be able to see through the distracting downpour of dazzling dung.

The push for this will not come from any government on the planet. Government = politicians and when they are not thinking about keeping companies sweet to keep our flawed economy away from the brink for another month or two, they are thinking with their bank balance. They’ll weigh up how much the People are giving them in the form of their meager government salary and compare that with the promises and enticements from businesses; and it aint even close. Not to mention the fact that an under-educated electorate is easy to swindle, sorry I meant campaign to.

Politicians and by extension governments have no interest in the population being well educated.

I urge anyone reading this to do anything and everything to help educate as many people as possible. Lend your name to any protest to get more education spending from government and share your own knowledge and insights with friends and co-workers or as many people as you can reach. Oh and don’t forget yourself in the all this education.

He’s my contribution: I’m currently reading ‘Bad Science’ by Ben Goldacre, which is basically a users guide to spotting BS in science in the media. It’s brilliant. If you can get a copy, please do. If you can’t, leave a comment on this post and when my funds allow I’ll send you a FREE copy. Seriously.

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