Keeping an open mind

 

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“I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.” – Arthur Hays Sulzberger

Ignorance is bliss for some. These are the people who can be easily scared. Scared how? The word is ‘Chemophobia.’ It means to have fear of chemicals. Isn’t everything around you a chemical? Aren’t you, your body a set of chemicals? I would like to cite a few examples to get this point across to you.

Endocrine disruptors. These are chemicals that interfere with our hormone system. Yes, it can create havoc, but any chemical other than this can do it if it crosses the lethal dose values. Ever heard of water poisoning? Lethal doses are available in the literature for anyone in the form of something called as a ‘Material Safety Data Sheet‘ (MSDS), available on the internet, no dime required. Words, can educate some and scare some. Which side would you like yourself to be? For your information, even onions have endocrine disruptors in them. I will touch on the subject of MSDS, later on in the category of ‘Industrial Safety’ and how to access any MSDS from a genuine source.

Global warming. It is safer to say you don’t know if it is happening than to be blindly sure that it is happening because everyone says so. Who’s to blame? Ineffective communication? I think I do not know much about it to come to a conclusion. When we talk about global warming, it is more of a global phenomenon. There are many problems that are common to all parts of the world, but not all of the problems, some of them need local care. Global warming is just a small part of the puzzle.

Geography, it matters a lot when it comes to green technologies. When one thing works perfectly green in one part of the world, it is not necessary that it would do the same in the other part of the world. I mean, why would someone put up a windmill where there is insufficient wind? The needs are different and so ‘green’ is a relative word.

Here are some interesting articles:

This Man Wants You to Believe That BPA-Laced Plastic Is Harmless

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

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