What I am suggesting...
...is that public funding should not be given (funding measured in millions) to fringe science. It should be spent on something useful.
To turn your argument around - do you think that becuase fairies have not been found at the bottom of my garden, then we should not spend money on checking, just in case?
Don't get me wrong - I am not against the science in this study; as far as I am aware, the trial has been conducted in a proper manner, and it has found the expected result - nothing.
The question is, why has a large sum of money been spent on a trial which can be reasonable expected to not find anything? Why not spend the money on something which has a higher chance of furthering the sum of human knowledge. If people want to conduct fringe science, then let them do it with private money, not public funds.
I would be just as pissed off if a large sum of money were spent on whether there is a healing effect from pretty coloured bits of quartz crystal, or homeopathy, or chiropracty. These are all things that have no basis in objective facts, but have a strong following. IMHO, this is down to human ignorance, not down to lack of funding from tax coffers.
Maybe I should remind you of the scientific method:
- Form a hypothesis from a logical basis. This hypothesis should make predictions.
- Design an experiment (or experiments) to test that hypothesis and its predictions.
- Evaluate the results of the experiment(s)
- If necessary, improve and repeat the experiment(s) to confirm no experimental bias, fluke results, etc.
Although this study does well on points 2-4, I think it falls down on 1.
The hyposthesis would appear to be along the lines of, 'I believe that there is a mechanism by which microwave radiation acts upon living matter that is unknown to the entire scientific community. I predict that this manifests itself as a causative agent of brain cancer although I cannot postulate how.'