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Fauci Says he is Secular Equivalent of Messenger from God

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From the Wall Street Journal:

Medieval thinkers pretending to infallibility often claimed to have received a direct revelation from God. Since the 19th century, secular thinkers have invoked science. As Anthony Fauci said in June, “a lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly are attacks on science.” …

Science operates by a process of criticism. Scientists don’t experience divine revelations, they propose hypotheses that they and others test. This rigorous process of testing gives science the persuasiveness that mere journalism lacks. If a scientific periodical expels editors or peer reviewers because they don’t accept some prevailing theory, that process has been short-circuited. Those who call for such expulsions have missed the whole point of how science works. They are the true deniers, far more dangerous to science than a religious fundamentalist who believes the world is 6,000 years old. …

When researchers fear losing a grant or being subject to personal attack if they question a predominant belief, that belief no longer rests on scientific grounds. True or false, it is superstition in scientific clothing. Science has been replaced with what the Soviets called “partisan science.”

To doubt a scientist is not to doubt science. Quite the contrary, personal authority is precisely what science dispenses with, as much as possible. Dr. Fauci’s assertion of authority creates skepticism about all his assertions—legitimately, because the distinction between science and a particular scientist is essential. 

14 Replies to “Fauci Says he is Secular Equivalent of Messenger from God

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    polistra says:

    I suppose it’s good to see an establishment writer STARTING to understand the problem, but this extreme delicacy doesn’t accomplish any purpose.

    “Everyone knows that all Untermenschen must be exterminated, but we suggest that Mr Hitler’s goal of 6 million exterminations may be overambitious. Perhaps he can start with 5.99 million, pause for a few days, and then continue the job with renewed vigor.”

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    jerry says:

    I can point to one specific incidence where Fauci uses non scientific claims to dispute evidence and logic. That is his denunciation of HCQ based on bogus information.

    He should have known by his position that his denunciation was false and this means he was lying in doing so.

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    kairosfocus says:

    A forest of strawman caricatures

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    zweston says:

    how about when Fauci said immediately it didn’t originate in a lab, or when he lied to congress, clearly, but won’t be held accountable?

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    Origenes on vacation says:

    If a scientific periodical expels editors or peer reviewers because they don’t accept some prevailing theory, that process has been short-circuited. Those who call for such expulsions have missed the whole point of how science works.

    Don’t know why, but this sounds very familiar to me.

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    David P says:

    More yellow journalism from UD.
    Where did Dr Fauci say “he is Secular Equivalent of Messenger from God”?

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    News says:

    Fauci will need divine status the way the Empress Julia did in Robert Graves’s Claudius novels – given the precariousness of his worldly position. Didn’t the US government help fund the Wuhan virus lab? He and Francis Collins both.

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    AaronS1978 says:

    Fauci’s going to need divine intervention if they nail the gain of function shit to him

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    Bob O'H says:

    Fauci will need divine status the way the Empress Julia did in Robert Graves’s Claudius novels

    Julia? I think you mean Livia. Although Julia probably would have appreciated some divine intervention a couple of times.

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    awstar says:

    #7 Where did Dr Fauci say “he is Secular Equivalent of Messenger from God”?

    Maybe he’s not aware of it. But for a Bible believing Christian like myself, anyone who is intimately involved with ANTI-truth, ANTI-justice and ANTI-goodness like Dr. Fauci is certainly a messenger from God letting us all know that the One who is REAL-Truth, REAL-Justice, and REAL-Goodness will be appearing shortly. Maranatha!

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    Seversky says:

    What does it matter if Dr Fauci is the Secular Equivalent of a Messenger from God when we have already been told by all those pastors and spiritual advisers that Donald Trump has been anointed by God to lead this country to a greater future?

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    awstar says:

    All those pastors and spiritual advisers aren’t reading their Bibles literally enough. Hence, making the way for what comes next.

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    PaV says:

    Here’s what I had to say April 30, 2020–a year and a half ago. [HCL in this post should be HCQ–that is, hydroxychloroquine. And by the way, Remdesivir was next to worthless. And is Remdesivir safe? From the abstract: Based on ARF cases reported in VigiBase, and despite the caveats inherent to COVID-19 circumstances, we detected a statistically significant pharmacovigilance signal of nephrotoxicity associated with remdesivir, deserving a thorough qualitative assessment of all available data. Meanwhile, as recommended in its Summary of Product Characteristics, assessment of patients with COVID-19 renal function should prevail before and during treatment with remdesivir in COVID-19.]

    Fauci was incompetent in 1985 and became Big Farma’s (intentional spelling)BFF. And things haven’t changed. He is a poor scientist, but a successful bureaucrat. Woe to our country as long as he exerts authority. He is NOT an epidemiologist. Why doesn’t he listen to accomplished scientists in this field?

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