Discussion by: Martyns
Okay, a bit of background. My mum, is religiously a believer in all things alternative, you name anything that you shouldn't believe in and she believes in it. She describes her faith as a blend of budhism and christianity and is convinced such things as spirits, ghosts, angels, heaven and hell all exist.
She is also a staunch defender and promoter of anti-vaccination, homeopathy, and ever other bit of kwackery you can imagine, for example Reki.
Now she's recently taken to dumping copies of a rather attrocious magazine called 'What the Doctors Don't Tell You' on me, hoping that I'll read some of it and be converted I presume. Now I don't know if anyone has heard of this magazine, but in my view it's downright dangerous. The very title shows how it's targetted at those who distrust science and medical profession and prefer the comfort of alternative pseudoscience.
Now I'm usually all for freedom of the press, and freedom of expression, but this particular magazine supports all denialists and furthers their cause, it is anti-vaccination for example. Therefore it represents a danger to human society. Now should such publications be banned? If a mainstream islamic magazine started advocating terror attacks, it would be banned surely? Because it endagered people? And this rubbish, which as far as I can see is there to simply lrey on vulnerable people's fears and extract money from them, also endangers people!
I know I sound like I'm venting a bit here, but I think the rise in pseudoscience and the increase in attempts to give kwackery the same weight as medical science in arguments is frightening.