Science! and Progress!

and progressive scientists

“…the force of these ideas in popular culture — that is, the authority of science, the imperative of progress, and the soundness of [xxxxxx] — conspired to create a social environment that conditioned the people to [xxxxxx]. Had not science instructed us that [xxxxxx]? Were not the leading white progressive clergymen of the era telling us that God smiled on [xxxxxx]? — Ota Benga: Victim of Science & Progress, by Rod Dreher

See how many ways you can fill in the blanks.

UPDATE: New Article Blasts Feds’ ‘Pseudoscientific Methods’ For Establishing Dietary Guidelines.

Most things the government says about food, sex, and religion are either false or were obvious to our great grandparents.

In particular, scientists don’t have any idea what people should eat or aovid, except in extreme cases like “don’t eat sand.” Or rather, they have lots of ideas, but they all turn out to be wrong in a few years.

There’s foil in my wallet

But I’m not crazy. The foil is only there to block the scanners. The bank sent out the new credit card a while ago, and it has a chip in it. After reading about the potential risks, it seemed like some shielding wouldn’t hurt anything. But how to know if the shielding worked?

At one work site, I get access to the facility by putting my id card against a scanner. This works even if I just hold my wallet up to the scanner. This seems like a reasonable basis for testing. The first thing I put in my wallet was a piece of what seemed to be metalized paper from a coffee package. Holding up my wallet still activated the door, so a coffee bag probably will not block the scanners the men in black would carry if there were men in black following me.

Next time I went out to that site, I folded up four layers of regular aluminum foil and put that in my wallet. The scanner didn’t work. A week or so later I tried it again, and this time scanner did read my card through the foil. Thinking it might be because the foil had compressed, I opened up the foil and interleaved a piece of paper. My knowledge of electricity and magnetism is close to the cargo-cult level, you see. Anyway, this seemed to work, but I’ll test it again from time to time.

If I come across some sheet copper I’ll try that too. A couple of business-card size pieces of copper with the Lord’s Prayer engraved on it would probably excite less interest than a packet of aluminum foil.