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John West: Science and scientism in the Age of COVID

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When panic is treated as a positive virtue:

Who would have predicted all that Americans have experienced in the past five months? Economic catastrophe, shrugged off by the permanently employed class in our government and media. Endless isolation with all its social ills. Cities committing suicide, plunged into chaos and squalor by fake news, as the government winks at violence and undercuts the police. An upcoming election whose results seem guaranteed to be disputed, leading to more chaos.

Something is very wrong in our country, as you don’t need me to tell you. But what is going on? I suggest that you watch this important video by political scientist John West, our Discovery Institute colleague. He sheds a fascinating light on the outcomes when what C. S. Lewis called “scientocracy” is put in charge …

As Dr. West explains, for all the blessings of science, there are problems with saying, as some literally have done, “In Fauci we trust.” C. S. Lewis foresaw that this was the direction in which our culture was headed, as we place faith in scientific bureaucrats, handing over our freedom to them overnight. West argues for a reasonable skepticism about what scientists say, for balancing scientific with other valid considerations in setting public policy.

David Klinghoffer, ““In Fauci We Trust”? C. S. Lewis Foresaw Scientific Authoritarianism” at Evolution News and Science Today

4 Replies to “John West: Science and scientism in the Age of COVID

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    es58 says:

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR2-muRM3tB3uBdbTrmKwH1NdaBx6PpZo2kxotNwkUXlnbZXCwSRP2OmqsI
    Comorbidities
    Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups. For data on comorbidities

    If this is true, this seems to imply that unless covid19 causes people to contract 2.6 additional diseases on average, then 94 percent of deaths attributed to it are illegitimate attributions. Meaning it is really responsible for potentially as few as 10,000 deaths, like a bad flu season

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    AaronS1978 says:

    It’s true CDC is making it public
    Now let’s just wait for all the Covid fear mongers to start showing up and saying it’s killing everybody and there’s no stopping it and this is wrong……..

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    BobRyan says:

    Fear mongers, much like Darwinists, tend to ignore certain threads. It doesn’t matter that the CDC admitted on 6% of COVID-19 related deaths actually died from COVID-19. The cruise ships and US naval vessel gave us great test labs and already knew the infection rate was somewhere between 20-25%, meaning 75-80% of people have no chance of getting COVID-19, and the loss of life was very small.

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    rhampton7 says:

    President Trump has the final say, not Dr Fauci. Legally speaking, The NIH (NIAID) cannot impose its will over the President. Furthermore, Congress sets its annual budget and with previous legislation has determined its mission.

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