I'm continuously reading about this hurricane hitting Texas. There was plenty warning, the exact time, the exact effect, etc. Still, lots of people just drank beer on their front porch, knowing that there would soon be 20 feet of water over their heads.
Makes me wonder about 'earthquake prediction'. No matter how good it ever becomes (fat chance!), it will be worse than hurricanes, with false alarms. So, you could have this perfectly wonderful prediction, and nobody would do anything! It's like those stupid tsunami sirens.
I think that 'proud ignorance' of science will kill a lot of people. I can just imagine all these lipsticked pitbull politicians running around and saying 'Forget Science, do what I tell you to!'. Soon people don't listen to anything!
Same with the big food incidents. Just read that there was another big one in China with lots of babies affected. Wife and I were discussing that this will probably be the thing that eventually kills us. With Harpo-majority killing all science in the food safety board, I think they will allow huge self-similar empires to develop, with the resulting huge power law failures.