` Lou Ryan was just telling me that his third grade teacher asked students to vote their opinion on whether a hand fan is more efficient than an electric fan. In other words, the kids were supposed to decide upon a scientific fact by a show of hands!
` It is true that in general kids are not taught critical thinking skills by schoolteachers - in any grade. No wonder most Americans are so utterly scientifically illiterate!
` This is what makes them so easy to manipulate by politicians, and as I've mentioned many times before, a very common ploy is to say: 'Is this true? Is that true? You decide!'
` And what has spurred Lou to tell me about this to begin with? I played this video post by Marty Kaplan where he talks about MSNBC's opinion polls and how they're presented: 'Polls show that most people think that this person is right'... and that is somehow used as scientific evidence that it actually is.
` In other words, displaying the polls are a pseudoscientific ploy to help politicians win. And so, using the weight of opinions seems to have reached a new level of obviousness!
` What is the world coming to!?