The Science Behind Preying on your Fears

It kinda hit me this weekend. Hubby and I binged on some really good and some really bad SciFi movies. We moved from the 50’s to the present and I caught a trend.

In the ’50’s it was all about Radiation. I would love to know the study that made people think that radiation enlarged everything—but the idea certainly stuck around until the 60’s when Gilligan and the castaways received those irradiated seeds. Funny, how irradiated things became larger for decades.

Then they mutated. Eventually, they mutated humans, but that seemed to take longer. Of course, not all mutations were bad. Peter Parker, in the original Spiderman genesis, was bitten by a radioactive spider.

In the movie version of Toby MacQuire, the spider was genetically engineered. Yes, I’ll admit this was my favorite science horror. Mutant lizards, crossbreeds of fish and lots of negiligable species were finally getting theirs against man.

Go Carnivornous plants that move!

Alas, the rise of Genetically modified organisms/crops seems to have stopped more movies from exploring the theme.

Mixed in with the genetic engineering, was the rise of the machines. Although in fiction books, this started back in the 20’s and 30’s. But with the pandemic spread of home computers, those robots actually looked like a real possibility.

And now…

Now, we’ve gone into energy land. Yes, I’ve seen apocalyptic novels caused by tapping geothermal energy. Solar power gone wild via magnetic storms.

And as I sit and laugh, I wonder how much the oil companies are funding these projects? Edison killed Tesla’s innovative use of microwaves to power appliances wirelessly because Tesla envisioned a means to do so for free.

No business wants their profit margins clipped.

Of course, they’re just playing off the fear engendered by the rise of a new science.  Way back when (late 1800’s), there was a very real and serious debate about using electric lights at night. Seems many folks feared their plants would grow to humongous proportions. No one ever postulated that said plants would eat people… but I’m sure the providers of gas and oil, weren’t too pleased to have incandescent bulbs in homes instead of kerosene lamps.

But it does make you think… Are consumers being brainwashed to distrust green technology?


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Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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5 Responses to The Science Behind Preying on your Fears

  1. danrshaw says:

    No, I think it’s just the opposite. Consumers are being brain washed that green technology is a current viable option that the government must pay for or subsidize.

    • You have been brainwashed by the right, or is it the left? Actually, I heard something really interesting on TED talks. One of the guys suggested that the US government stablized the price of oil, say at 70USD a gallon. When it goes under it, there’s a tax and when it goes over, the tax monies subsidize it to 70USD, that way the economy can recover without the speculation and greed roller coaster, and all green technologies know how efficient they must be to compete with oil without a subsidies. Of course, because it makes sense, it’ll never fly. Besides, who trusts the government not to spend the money when it’s below.

      • danrshaw says:

        The main issue with wind and solar is being able to store the energy created when the wind and sun is not available. Until they solve that issue it’s just not a viable option right now that is cost effective at all. They are making some progress on the storage issue but not so much. They have made great strides as far as solar panel are concerned and it won’t be too far in the future where you siding and shingles can be all solar collectors.
        Geothermal is a home by home basis and it does not add much to the cost of a new home but is impractical for most homes already built.
        It’s not a left or right issue, it’s a science issue.
        I have yet to see any of Telsa’s machines produced that work and they sell his plans on tons of web sites.
        The whole issue is that the world revolves around electricity. How that electricity is produced the cheapest and most reliable way is the problem. OR maybe there is alternative to electricity we haven’t discovered yet and that would make all our machines/electronics obsolete?
        Of course electricity is based on the flow of electrons from positive to negative or if you from Arizona from negative to positive. (LOL) Maybe magnetism/gravity would be a better base for power somehow? Since that is mostly what holds our universe together?

      • New technology is just that— new. Think how long it took cars to get more than 20 miles to the gallon. Nearly 80, and that was only because of the energy crunch of the 70s. That’s a very long learning curve. The other energies will catch up, but they need a market foothold so there’s an incentive. Gas powered cars weren’t the first cars. And alternating current wasn’t the first use of electricity, Direct current was. AC was considered dangerous and the folks behind DC electrocuted animals to demonstrate it (BTW, Tesla invented/discovered AC and the microwave).

      • danrshaw says:

        I know DC was Franklins discovery and push to be the main electrical supply but it’s failure was due to not being able to be transmitted very far over electrical wire. Telsa held the patent for a machine that produced electricity with no fuel required. No one has ever been able to make it work. In fact I think he held 2-3 patents to do that.
        Even though Franklin and Telsa fought over electricity they remained friends even though Telsa quit working for Franklin and went with Westinghouse.
        I don’t ever remember reading anywhere that Telsa was involved with microwaves? and I don’t mean the current microwave ovens we use.
        I do know Telsa was skipped over for discovery of radio transmissions by Marconi.
        Can you imagine living in the age when all three where alive as well as Edison and soon to be followed by Einstein? We haven’t seen anything like that since then. The closest we’ve come is Jobs and Gates.

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