Saturday, April 10, 2010
That's fine to be skeptical, and as a matter of fact, it's most scientific to be skeptical. There has to be a point, however, when you are presented with facts or given the technical reality that negates your point of view, that you cede to reason.
All too often people retreat and hide behind this mantra, 'Well, that's my opinion'. Well, sometimes your opinion ceases to be an opinion and simply becomes dogma, a point of faith. I hate onions. Beer tastes like moldy iced tea and urine. Black chicks that are into rock music and girls with foreign accents are always hotter. These are opinions I hold.
The sky is blue. Organic food is more nutritious than conventional. Cold brew tea bags diffuse no faster than regular tea bags in cold water. These are not opinions, because these can be proven true or false.
I was tweeting with someone and they put Food Science in snarky quotes, as if to say it isn't really science. I think that may be part of the problem. People don't trust the source of the information. To clear this up real quick let me just say a couple things about food science.
There is no giant building called Food Science where everybody in the food industry meets and decides how to fool the public and fake research. Food Science is made up of industry professionals from researchers to executives and of academic professors and grad students. There are no corporate g-men looking over a master's student while she/he works on their thesis study. Large food companies have hundreds of researchers, technicians, and scientists that all did the work of learning about food science to get their degree before working for industry. It's not some conspiracy, designed to deceive you. Treat what a food science professional tells you with no less respect than a geologist telling you about rocks or an astrophysicist telling you about space.
And when we present the evidence and the facts and the studies, accept that you may no longer have an opinion, and that you may have just become wrong. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts.
Follow me on Twitter @samvance and search for me on Facebook.