Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys

A little bit of genetically modified DNA never hurt anybody.

This sounds like the beginning of a science fiction movie where only the pretty girl and the kid get out alive.

“Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.”

Read the whole thing here: Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys – ABC News.

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How Evolutionary Science Can Make Us Morally Better

“Moral disputes are a seriously divisive force in many contemporary societies, and a lot is riding on their outcome, in terms of both individual well-being and societal competiveness. By illuminating human nature, and the origin and function of biologically and culturally evolved moral beliefs, evolutionary science is currently generating knowledge that can help us move on from these disputes in the most rational and productive ways possible.”

via How Evolutionary Science Can Make Us Morally Better.

8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

“We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common anti-science fallacies.”

via io9.com – 8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments.

Skepticism is great…to a point.

If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice.

Not that there’s anything wrong with learning as much as you can about any given subject…Just remember that it’s always possible that someone somewhere knows more than you.

“Disregard for experts who have spent years studying critical issues is a dangerous default position. The ability of our society to make decisions in the public interest is handicapped when evidence and thoughtfully presented arguments are ignored.”

Read More – Why We Need To Listen To The Real Experts In Science | Lifehacker Australia.