The Dunning Kruger Effect
Stupid people do not know they are stupid. Psychologists call it the Dunning Kruger Effect. They explain it as "cognitive distortion in which people who are incapable of something can not recognize their own incompetence."
The gyms are filled with people suffering from the Dunning Kruger Effect. Facebook is full of people who suffer from the Dunning Kruger effect. Hell, a good percentage of the whole damn world suffers from the Dunning Kruger effect.
However, there is one particularly striking case of the Dunning-Kruger effect that is evident in humans against GMOs – at least that was a team of researchers from three different American universities (1
The team surveyed more than 2,000 American and European adults. Those who hated genetically modified foods believed that they knew the science behind them the most. It turns out that they knew the least.
What do GMO haters or know they know?
People who like genetically modified foods believe that they can be toxic and cause Idaho potato tumors to grow out of their spleen or somehow cause genetic changes in humans – not good X-Men with which one can fly or materialize in Cabo San Lucas to a beautiful Kabana by the sea.
They point to a 2012 study GV corn allowed rats to grow tumors at a rapid rate. It does not matter that the rat species used in the experiment easily develop tumors; 80% of the poor furry bastards breed tumors by hanging around the old water bottle – only by the presence.
Then, as further evidence of the devilry of genetically modified food, they can whisper the name of the company, which may not be called Monsanto. They say Monsanto is evil. They believe that it is poisoning the world, all for business profit. Ask them where they come from and call "Roundup!" and tell about peasant suicides, tumors and toxicity.
Is Monsanto really angry?
You do not need to listen to me. Listen to Scientific American:
"Monsanto and the other big biotech companies have developed reliable, biologically insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant raw material crops that benefit humans, farmers and the environment with their counterparts (2)."
Monsanto produces genetically engineered altered insect-resistant cultures containing a gene encoding a bacterial protein that kills insects but does not infect humans or animals. This means that less insecticide is needed, and this is helpful because insecticides are not as discriminating as to who or what they poison.
And yes, Monsanto is developing plants that can withstand an insecticide known as glyphosate (aka Roundup), and the anti-GM people worry about being carcinogenic. To be honest, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that this is probably one, and that is certainly a problem, but many chemicals that are used by non-GM farms use cancer-causing chemicals all pesticides. Its toxicity is 25 times lower than that of caffeine in your coffee. In addition, the use of this insecticide facilitates no-till and reduces topsoil loss. It also reduces CO2 emissions and improves soil quality.
And if that does not convince you, let me raise the economic argument: If all rumors about tumors and toxicity were true, the company would have shut down the business, the victim of numerous non-frivolous lawsuits. In addition, dead customers are the worst because they rarely provide for recurring business.
I admit that Monsanto could be evil in other ways, such as exploitation of workers or resources, but not so much in trying to produce stronger crops
What does science, real science, say GM food?
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Association and the National Academy of Science are firmly in the corner of GMO. The US Food and Drug Administration, a scion of scientific fraudsters, if any, has investigated research and found that genetically modified food is safe.
Similarly, the European Commission has funded 130 research studies on genetically modified foodstuffs, more than 500 independent teams, and none has found a clear risk.
Likely facts from the real world are more important than safety statistics from non-believers: GM crops have lowered the price of food and increased safety by reducing the amount of food used by pesticides and increased the yield of some crops by 20 up to 30%, which may have enabled some people to survive that could otherwise have died Scientific American bitterly complained about the GM food controversy:
"Frankenstein monsters – things that have crawled out of the lab This is the most depressing thing I've ever dealt with and today we're faced with the same objections forty years ago.
"Despite hundreds of millions of genetic experiments involving all kinds of organisms on Earth, and humans, that eat without billions of meals, we are again ignorant (3). "19659003] Become the people n ever accept the safety (and wisdom) of GM foods? Can we cancel the Dunning Kruger effect on GMOs? Nicholas Light, co-author of the study, which found the inverse knowledge gap between GM haters, said, "Our findings suggest that changing people's minds first requires them to know what they do not know."
Here we hope that this article will play a small role in this.
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- Fernbach, P; Light, Nicholas; et al. "Extreme opponents of genetically modified foods know it least, but think that they know the most." Nature – Human Behavior, January 14, 2019.
- Fedoroff, Nina: "Can we trust Monsanto with our food?" Scientific American, July 25, 2013.
- Freedman, David H., "The Truth About Genetically Modified Foods," Scientific American, August 20, 2013.