I'm an atheist who never gave science the time of day back when I was in high school and christian. Now that I've discovered skepticism and humanism, I can't believe what a tool I was back then... how could I have ignored something so vital? But then again, science wasn't even tested for the School Certificate here when I did year 10, and I virtually never encountered it in primary school. In retrospect, I'm tremendously relieved that it has been added since then (the year directly after me, in fact). Had I known better, I would have campaigned for it myself.
Anyway, nowadays I figure I owe it to myself to absorb all the awesome science I can. It does get me arguing with my hippie technophobe mum a whole lot, though. Writing this, I got to thinking that it's not at all unlike religion. Some people have religious family members to tiptoe around, I just have one who personifies "confirmation bias". No amount of logic and reason will get her thinking differently, and no amount of explanation can convince her that her "sources" aren't good science. Like the blindly religious, she only seeks out the information that confirms what she wants to believe, and never checks how valid that information is. She gets terribly upset with me because I will "never let [her] win an argument", never considering that maybe she just can't win because she doesn't have the facts behind her (and anyway, isn't letting somebody win an argument, doing them a disservice?).
In any case, I'm going to help myself to another glass of brain-rotting diet soft drink and continue reading things on my death-ray spitting computer monitor... in the mean time, does anybody else want to share experiences with those they love buying into bad science, or just refusing good science? How do you deal with somebody who is "religiously" unscientific - assuming you want to ever talk to them again?