I never thought I’d write about Piers Morgan on this blog, but here goes…
It’s really good to ask questions and to not accept claims at face value. I think it’s an integral part of having an open mind. However, if you’re not careful and if you question things without really knowing what it is you’re questioning in the first place, you’ll likely jump to illogical conclusions. Piers Morgan recently tweeted that ‘Atheists can never say what was there before the Big Bang. They just say ‘nothing’ but they can’t explain what ‘nothing’ actually is. No human brain can, which is why I believe in something that has superior powers to the human brain’.
Atheists aren’t scientists, so an atheist can say what they believe was before the big bang – and if they’ve got open minds, they’ll hopefully base what they say on the latest research and data available. I think it’s important to point out to anyone who doesn’t already know that science doesn’t claim to have the answers to everything. And when it does have an answer, the scientific process involves testing that data to see if it holds up. If scientists don’t stick to this process, it’s usually other scientists who pull them up on it and point out their errors or their shoddy research.
So, with this in mind, ask yourself – who are you most likely to trust when it comes to claims about the cosmos and the origins of the universe? Scientists and science communicators, or a controversial television presenter like Piers Morgan? Well, it seems that for many, the answer is Piers Morgan, which is (I presume) why noted atheists, scientists and science communicators such as Tim Michin, Robin Ince, Ricky Gervais, Prof. Brian Cox and more, are taking the time to respond to Morgan’s tweet about the Big Bang, because there are people who will read an ill-thought-out opinion on such a big subject which is irrational, illogical and… wrong, and will accept it at face value because they percieve Morgan to be “sticking it to the man”. (Though, some of the tweets are coming off a bit too… “profound”.)
It’s a scary indication of the growing mistrust of scientists and scientific research as branches of The Establishment whom you shouldn’t trust and it would seem that Piers Morgan has joined the ranks of the Flat Earthers, Anti-Vaccine parents, and the Young Earth Creationists in denying that Scientists could possibly have all the answers despite, er, scientists never claiming to have all of the answers. Not to mention that it isn’t Scientists who are The Man, but in fact people like Piers Morgan. He isn’t your friend.
I think it’s also important to point out that the title of my blog post isn’t clickbait. In the conclusion of the Leveson Inquiry into the unethical phone hacking by journalists, Lord Justice Leveson said that ‘”[The] evidence does not establish that [Morgan] authorised the hacking of voicemails or that journalists employed by TMG [Trinity Mirror Group] were indulging in this practice … What it does, however, clearly prove is that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it”, so with this in mine – and following his irrational thoughts on the origin of the universe -I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to Cosmology vs. Piers Morgan it is indeed Morgan who is Fake News.
Really, really boring fake news.