This is a deep seeded, passionate hatred of mine. The prerogative of the geek is to be able to lose ourselves in a world of complete fantasy in such a way as to fully immerse ourselves and empathise with the fictional, to be fully enthusiastic without fear of judgement. At the same time, a general rule for geeks is that we tend to be pretty smart. Not to toot our own horns, but we can lose ourselves in these fictions because at the end of the day, that's what we know they are. Fiction.
Unfortunately, it seems that their grounding in the subject appears to be quite off. At school, I had a teacher called Mr. Reed. He taught us, at the age of 13, how to successfully write essays. He taught us to PEE (ha ha!). Point, example, explanation. Make the point, give an example to back it up, then explain the grounding of your theory. You might be wrong, but if you back it up, at least you make a good go of standing your ground.
There are two main reasons this is detestable. First of all, it shows an arrogance on the part of the makers of the show. That they should be believed and accredited merely because they made a statement on television. Secondly, and this part just makes me sad, is because the ratings of this show, and the number of fans it has gained, seem to suggest there’s a large amount of human beings who are simply willing to accept what they are told with absolutely no inspiration to question anything.
If we're not questioning everything we're told, how are we supposed to learn or discover anything new? Instead, millions of people every day are simply accepting ungrounded pseudo-science, because someone who looked important said it. We are better than that, humans. We are so much better than that.