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  •  Written like a typical ivory-tower Ph.D. (23+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry the roughh-and-tumble of normal online discourse isn't to your liking.  There are a couple of problems with your position, however.  First, you focus only on research and evidence (as, I suppose, a good Ph.D. student should).  But you ignore normative positions - positions based on a person's beliefs in what SHOULD be.  For example, you seem to have missed entirely that a lot of folks felt somewhat betrayed by Tyson's apparent approval of GMOs, siding with a corporation (Monsanto) many here despise.  You also seem to have missed that many have perfectly good normative reasons to distrust GMOs - they haven't seen enough evidence, for them, that they really are safe (for myself, a scientist, I haven't seen anything approaching such evidence, either), and so shouldn't be forced to consume them.

    Your requirement of responding with well-researched opinions laden with cites to peer-reviewed literature again reflects the narrow, limited world you live in.  Most folks don't have the time to do such research or to draft such opinions.  Moreover, most of the research papers you enjoy are basically paid for you - you can find them through your university's library or online services for free.  Most people don't have that option, and have to contend with scientific publishers' paywalls instead ($35 for a copy of a single article is a ridiculous chaarge for an individual trying to refute something seen online).

    In short - Get a grip, but good luck with completing your Ph.D.

    "Democrat" is a noun. "Democratic" is an adjective. "Republican" is an idiot. Illigitimi non carborundum. Regardless of Party. The license plate I want? OMG GOP WTF

    by TheOrchid on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 09:29:18 AM PDT

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