I still remember my high school science teacher(I loved science and he was a great teacher),one thing that has always stuck is the statement that a fact is something that can be proved or disproved.
We learnt this when studying 'the correct scientific way to investigate something'- not the right wording but I cant actually remember much more on that part except exact documentation.
This is another thing that annoys me, I often hear of how data from research that shows adverse or negative reactions etc... are withheld and hidden.
Thats not good science but it seems to be a standard procedure when it interferes with the profit margins.
You are quite right in saying to research all points of view and I have not done that, but have 'found' what suits my purposes.
However, I sometimes feel that this can cause a mental ridge of confusion and leave me feeling a lack of clarification as to whether something is or is not....
My friend wanted to know why I though GMO's were a bad thing and he now has afew areas to look at.
As he is already coming from the viewpoint of 'Its not all bad', I havent bothered to provide links for the pro's side of the debate.
Knowledge is only as useful as it has been evaluated.
It isnt a good idea just to accept information with out thinking about it yourself...um myself.
I think Purplepear made a good point in saying that if the ethics level were alittle higher in the companies that do this research and development then perhaps good things could come from this....unfortunately I am not holding my breathe in anticipation.