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    The problem is that the snake-oil salesmen also claim to have evidence. What is not so easily seen is that their evidence is not very solid. Debunking an ESP experiment often requires a highly trained statistician, savvy to the ways of professional tricksters, and then the debunking itself may be understandable also to others of similar training.

    What's easier is to show that the claims of institutionalized science rest on firm ground. While the use of transistors (the design of which depends on quantum mechanics), the use of GPS (which depends on relativity theory), the use of genetically modified foodstuffs( which depends on evolution and genetics), the use of etc. is quite generalized, folks are not aware that behind things they use every day lie confirmations of the claims of scientists and engineers. It's not that the message is difficult to communicate so much as that it is not being communicated, because the need to do so is not well understood, and because its reception does require some effort.

    One should also not discount the negative effect of widespread antagonism to pharmaceutical and drug companies, medical insurers, agribusiness, and even software companies - all these things are associated with science in many minds, and are also viewed as part of the infrastructure of the neofeudal order.

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