This week we got some fine examples for poor journalism when WHO declared that mobile phones need to be further examined in order to assess their potential to cause cancer. That is pretty much all WHO said, but what we got instead are headlines telling us something significantly different, virtually telling the public that mobile phone cause cancer (check here and here for examples).
In contrast, check what people well versed with science are saying. The professional skeptics are not misled by the headlines:
- PZ Myers (here) points out how silly the claim mobile phones “cook” your brain is, and asks for evidence – something totally missing from a debate too rich with claims thus far.
- Phil Plait (here) points out mobile phones are now in the same category as coffee and pickled vegetables. Did anyone hear the warning cries against coffee drinking?
- Michael Shermer (here) goes further and points out how the radiation emitted from mobile phones is incapable of causing cancer in the direct manner proposed by most claims. He goes on to defend his claims here.
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