Sometimes it takes society a while to see that many preconceived notions are just flat out wrong. In a lot of cases, it has taken science a while to catch up with the truth. Even “expert opinions” are proven dead wrong when all the research is available. Check out all the times in history that this has been true:

20. “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” – Albert Einstein, 1932


19. “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Company on declining to sign the Beatles, 1962


18. “This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union internal memo, 1876


17. “Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.” – United Artists executive after rejecting Reagan as lead in the 1964 film The Best Man


16. “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” – Dr. Dionysius Lardner, 1830


15. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943


14. “X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883


13. “Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.” – Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison’s light bulb, 1880


12. “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.” – The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903


11. “Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” – Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946


10. “If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.” – W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954


9. “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?” – Associates of David Sarnoff responding to a call for investment in the radio, 1921


8. “There will never be a bigger plane built.” – A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people


7. “The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous.” – Comment of Aide-de-camp to Field Marshal Haig, at tank demonstration, 1916


6. “The world potential market for copying machines is 5,000 at most.” – IBM to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying that the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959


5. “It’ll be gone by June.” – Variety Magazine on Rock n’ Roll music, 1955


4. “And for the tourist who really wants to to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam.” – Newsweek, predicting future popular vacation spots in the late 1960s


3. “When the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” – Oxford professor Erasmus Wilson, 1878


2. “A rocket will never leave Earth’s atmosphere.” – New York Times, 1936

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1. “There’s absolutely no evidence that pornography does anything negative. It’s a moral issue, not a factual issue.” – Milton Diamond, director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2011


Yes, you just read a statement from an expert as recent as 2011 saying that pornography was not a factual issue, only a moral issue. Compare that with the hundreds of peer reviewed studies on the harmful effects of pornography that have come out on the issue, and it’s safe to say that this problem is much, much more serious than people’s opinions on right or wrong.

What our society is facing today with porn is very similar to what we faced back in the 1950s and 60s with cigarette smoking. It was highly popular and viewed as completely harmless for decades, until science was able to prove otherwise. Similarly, we are learning the same lesson about pornography. Nowadays, the attitudes about watching porn are largely this:

– Porn is natural; it’s a good sexual release for you.

– Porn is not the problem—you are the problem if you are stupid enough to get addicted to it.

– Porn gives you great ideas for your sex life and is healthy when watching with your partner.

– Porn addiction isn’t a drug or alcohol addiction, or even an addiction at all.

A Gallup Survey conducted in 1958 found that only 43% of Americans believed smoking caused cancer. Just ten years later, in 1968, that percentage had increased to 79%. This just goes to show that as more and more research is done, public opinion can shift. The same is becoming true with pornography—the perceptions have already begun to shift. Informed people are turning off porn not for moral reasons, but for physical, mental, and emotional health reasons.

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