We all know of instances where the fruits of science were used for immoral purposes, but do you realize that a particular method of science can be intrinsically immoral? A prime example is EMF epidemiology, which is the method of questionnaires as applied to EMFs. EMF epidemiology should be condemned as evil, and so should the cell-phone and power companies when they cheerlead reliance on the method.

The Nazis used prisoners like experimental animals to gain scientific knowledge. The raging infections they suffered after injections with vile agents were causal consequences of natural laws, hence true scientific facts. But this knowledge was forever tainted because its generation was based on the denial of the humanity of the prisoners, which vitiated the value of the facts for all purposes. Just as was the case with the Nazi investigators, the actions of the EMF-epidemiology investigators are predicated on the notion that human beings may be used involuntarily as a test species to uncover putative causal links deep in nature. Consequently EMF epidemiology as presently applied to evaluating the health hazards of cell phones and powerlines is evil for the same reason, and any facts the method may yield are similarly poisoned forever.

Analogies to the Nazis are almost always way over the top, like conceptualizing Presidents Bush or Obama as cartoon characters and calling them Nazis. Not the case with EMF epidemiology. The analogy I’m making applies directly and factually to EMF-epidemiological investigators, and especially to the companies who fund the work. Measured by the number of people victimized as involuntary subjects of experimentation, the Nazis were in the minor league compared with what goes on today with EMFs. Only in Greek myth can we find monsters more odious than investigators and companies who designate children, the meek, or the unknowing as proper objects of study for the unseen side-effects of commercial products.

Nevertheless, as if it were a moral method for uncovering side-effects, scientific journals constantly publish EMF epidemiology studies, most of which were designed, funded, and/or vetted by cell-phone and powerline companies, that deal with associations between EMFs and cancer of the brain and blood. Even worse, unless the studies were starkly negative, the industries routinely dismiss the results for lack of certitude while calling for new studies and feinting that there might exist positive results from an EMF epidemiology study that could convince them of the dangerous side-effects of their EMFs, if only the investigators would perform a perfect study, a task as hopeless as that of Sisyphus. Thus EMF epidemiology is cursed twice, once in theory, and again in practice.