Voodoo

This is a perfect example with what’s wrong with academia today.

A college president in Canada has banned WiFi from the campus because he’s afraid of the effects of electromagnetic radiation.

“Some studies have indicated that there are links to carcinogenetic
occurrences in animals, including humans, that are related to energy fields
associated with wireless hotspots, whether those hotspots are transmissions
lines, whether they’re outlets, plasma screens, or microwave ovens that
leak.”

Those “studies” were widely discredited. They were exceptionally badly done epidemiological studies and results could not be replicated. Doesn’t matter to this guy though. Because it’s all voodoo science, all the time. (One wonders from this guy’s resume if he was involved in the discredited research).

For those who bother to remember such things, the electromagnetic radiation hype was the big scare tactic before the recent global warming meme. But it was too easily debunked.

I spent my entire career around extremely high EMF and suffered no ill effects. Other than the need to blog.

Oh, and I don’t need a nightlight anymore……

Update: Well, it seems that some people are still actively flogging this horse (or were a few years ago), which I didn’t realize. I found this link on the EPA website. If you can wade through it, you have a very strong case of masochism. The highlight, a slight majority of the participants voted that there was some very limited support for the idea that EMF might, possibly, maybe could cause a slight increase in cancers in children. All of the other findings were rejected.

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4 Responses to Voodoo

  1. Tom says:

    Nice having your own built-in nightlight, isn’t it? ;)

    I had a professor who didn’t want me using a computer (i.e., the word-processor) to write my term papers. He was under the impression that the computer would write my paper for me…

  2. Gaius Arbo says:

    Yes, there are some brainiacs in colleges these days…..

  3. Nightcrawler says:

    Reminds me of the flack over DDT. Millions have died from malaria in order to prevent a very small number of people from getting sick.

  4. Gaius Arbo says:

    Yeah, and now there is suddenly a plague of bedbugs all over the world. They were almost extinct.

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