Europe, birthplace of the Renaissance, has decided over the past decade that maybe science isn't so great after all. For instance, genetically modified organisms, which represent a true revolution in agriculture, are mostly unwelcome. Now, the European Union may soon set its sights on another clear and present danger: cell phones and wi-fi signals.
The UK's Telegraph describes how the Council of Europe (a powerful European organization that influences, but not does make, legislation) supports banning cell phones and wireless internet in schools:
A Council of Europe committee examined evidence that the technologies have "potentially harmful" effects on humans, and concluded that immediate action was required to protect children.Oh no. They played the "child card." Who can argue against that? We have to protect the children. Surely, scientists everywhere agree.
The conclusions contradict advice from the World Health Organisation and the [UK] Department of Health, which says exposure to electromagnetic fields poses little or no risk to human health.
Perhaps the European Union should consider renaming itself the "Confederacy of Dunces."