So I did a bad thing, kittehz.
I posted a video in the Facebook group, explaining why and how we tend to fall for pseudoscience and thems Interwebs conspiracies.
It was a really interesting little production, using the “5G causes covid” madness as an example of how some science talk can sway someone to “believe” that hypothesis. And why it makes sense to, and how we may protect ourselves from falling into these things.
I was thinking, hey look, here is a bit of a roadmap on how to evaluate ideas, when you see something and really left wondering if it could possibly be true, even though it’s far fetched.
Sort of like endmyopia.
Oh boy, Jakey was wrong about that.
One of the things I try to (not) do in general, is bring in whatever personal beliefs I hold, be it politics or general hedonism, or just how somebody may chose to live their life. Jakey the “eye guru”, just talking about myopia. Not making anyone have to make choices about this destination based on any other things besides just, this is how you fix your eyeballs.
Not the easiest thing sometimes, but hey. This isn’t my personal soapbox for whatever stuff that may define my view of reality.
Which may also include the conspiracy fans. Among my own close personal circle of friends, there are at least one or two who love all this stuff, from Alex Jones to whatever gets thrown around as most far fetched ideas. While they make me a bit crazy sometimes, I just accept it as part of what they enjoy, and doesn’t really affect our friendships.
So maybe … putting out content related to evaluating Internet ideas rationally, also not part of endmyopia? Realistically somebody can believe that vaccines are a terrible idea and still improve their eyesight. Who am I to push my agendas, however possibly rational? Maybe rational isn’t my place either.
Thoughts welcome here. Partially I want to say, myopia isn’t just your eyeballs. It’s shortsighted to pollute your brain space with ideas that have you all paranoid of everything, being unable to distinguish between “real” issues (because yes, a lot of modern retail medicine is symptom treatment), and more far fetched ideas that may not be actionable other than keeping you anxious and at odds with most people around you. Like burning 5G towers because some “doctor” said there is no virus and covid is because, 5G.
Who knows. I try to stay out of it. But then it pains me anyway, as I’m here advocating looking at myopia NOT as pseudoscience (as presented by retail optometry), but actual biology and hypotheses that you may be able to verify.