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Logic: the Final Frontier

(Thu Jun 24 12:45:07 2010)

So, I have this device for my kids.

I have a device which, while it is required to be updated regularly, prevents the spread of disease and reduce waste processing time. This device is currently in use, but unfortunately, its use drops off dramatically on children over the age of three. While parents are diligent about using it on infants, only a tiny percent of the population even attempt to use it. The highest users are very young children, followed by the elderly. It has been proven that this device is safe, and that its use leads to a cleaner, safer lifestyle.

Even so, the backlash against it is staggering. Many parents will force their children to go without it, which causes then to form a coping mechanism. Even then, many children cannot cope without it through their preteen and even teen lives. In fact, usage of this device among the teen population usually results in teasing, name-calling, and other forms of humiliation. Children and conditioned by their parents to distrust this device.

Were these devices in constant use today, many work-arounds would not need to exist; finally, we could move away from technology that has not been updated since the early 1900s. Even though this device effectively eliminates one of the most difficult transitions of childhood, both for the parent and the child, it has been soundly dismissed by the majority of households. If use of this device were to be nationwide, over all age groups, current safety standards could be updated tremendously. Businesses would no longer be required to provide various sanitation areas and products, saving on costs and cleanup efforts; homes could be built more cheaply, as there would be no need for many regulations.

Why are so many people against adopting this device? Studies show that the reason is primarily "ancestral knowledge" - non-scientific information passed down through ill-informed families. While it is accepted that infants could benefit from these devices, few even today will trust that they work just as well for teens and adults. Until this "ancestral knowledge" is forgotten, this device will go unused in the majority of the population.

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Pop quiz: What is the above "article" talking about? Well, before I answer that, let me sum this all up for you (these are facts:
1) This device is a natural progression of science.
2) People who refuse to use this device do so out of bias.
3) This device has been conclusively proven to work, and work safely.
4) This device requires much less infrastructure, both commercially and at home.
5) Not using this device, or forcing children to stop using it, puts undue strain on families, especially the children.

It all sounds great, right? What if I told you this is all about diapers? Yep, that's right. Diapers. Babies wear them, adults don't (well, not many). If everyone wore diapers, we wouldn't need to have toilets; we wouldn't have to put kids or parents through potty training; we wouldn't need to worry about dirty restrooms at gas stations or shopping centers.

Chances are, though, you probably aren't in favor of wearing a diaper all day. I could wave all these proven facts at you, noting that it would make the world a safer place, and the poor children wouldn't have to worry about potty training, and thus wouldn't damage their poor little psyches, but, well, we all know it's a pretty lousy excuse.

Even so, I hear the same kinds of arguments for things like giving birth at a hospital, or giving kids certain vaccines. Even if I point out that it's been proven that a healthy second-time mother is actually safer at home, both long and short term, or when I prove that getting a Pertussis vaccine does less for you than getting sick with it once, no one wants to believe me. My wife uses a natural shampoo; yeah, it's made out of grape leaves or some such nonsense, but it actually makes her hair feel smoother and more clean than "standard" shampoos, even the fancy brand name ones. Science may bring us lots of great things, but there are other things that are really not all that wonderful. Science, for instance, brought us Windows Vista. And French Fries made of peas. And the "Hungry Man" microwave dinner.

I suppose the problem is that too many people just don't want to believe differently. While many people are willing to admit that Vista was a flop, there will always be a Windows fan boy willing to defend it to the end. Just like how there will always be someone willing to defend hospital births, or useless vaccines, or how the moon landing was faked (see what I did there? It's called "Association fallacy." Don't do this in arguments).

So what's the real answer? Should people wear diapers, or not? Should babies be born in a hospital, or not? Should all vaccines be given, or just some, or none? Well, I have my own opinions. Then again, I back up my opinions with facts; I am really tired of people with no facts trying to tell me I was wrong. So I suppose the real answer is this: look it up. Study it. Don't just Google a few articles and make some claims that you can't really back up - really study it. Know what you are talking about. I don't generally make opinions unless I know something about what I'm opining, and neither should you. Now, go study, and come back here when you have!

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