CELL PHONE SCARE! THROW IT AWAY OR DIE!
The head of a prominent cancer research institute has warned his faculty and staff to limit cellphone use because of a possible cancer risk, The Associated Press reports.
Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, notes that while the evidence about a cellphone-cancer link remains unclear, people should take precautions, particularly for children….
Classic headline hunting by Herberman.
The precautionary principle can be used rationally (no science needed to avoid obvious causes of harm), or irrationally (no evidence exists for X causing harm, but there are some correlations, no matter how weak, so you should avoid X).
Starstruck scientsts like Herberman love the precautionary principle (PP) because it allows them to get attention without doing real work.
Anti-technology statists (Ludds) also love the PP because it’s so easy to spin vague correlations into full-blown technology scares. In this way, they motivate irrational bans, and further their agenda of stopping technical progress and economic growth.
AZ above is an obvious Ludd:
“There is no harm created by lessening or discontinuing cell phone use.”
This statement is economically absurd. He/she sees no downside to not using a device which by any account improves productivity greatly for mobile business users.
Herberman making this kind of public statement is like yelling fire in the proverbial crowded theater. There ought to be legal consequences if some Ludd-loaded city council bans cell phone use in any way due to this junk science.
— Posted by Luddhunter