At one time, Tucker, who describes himself as a “Victorian Whig” (an old-fashioned liberal), believed that merely giving people access to more accurate information would improve our response to crises. He had good reason to believe that: Historically, dictators like Stalin, Hitler, or Xi have restricted access to information in order to keep the public easy to control. So what happened when, in the Western world, the internet opened the dam?
“The speed and abundance of information actually amplified error. At the height of the pandemic response, anyone could have looked up the demographics of risk, the failings of PCR and masks, the history and significance of natural immunity, the absurdities of plexiglass and capacity restrictions, the utter futility of travel limits and curfews, the pointless brutality of school closures. It was all there, not just on random blogs but also in the scholarly literature.”
The problem was, many people were not even trying to make sound judgments …News, “Economist confronts painful truths about COVID-19 information” at Mind Matters News (June 10, 2022)
Takehome: Tucker’s dilemma is easier to interpret if we keep in mind something Bill Dembski stressed in Being as Communion (Routledge, 2014) about the nature of information: it is connective, not causal, and using it wisely is an act of the will.
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