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It isn’t skeptics who are harming science today

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Most of the injuries are self-inflicted:

At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised that the wearing of face masks by non-medical workers was unnecessary. Months later, they changed their stance to recommend the use of masks by the general public.

After Donald Trump touted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus, the drug came under heavy criticism, most notably by The Lancet journal — prompting global trials of it to be suspended. But soon after, data inconsistencies and claims of misconduct surfaced, causing the Lancet study to be retracted — and hydroxychloroquine trials to be resumed.

In the latest major backflip, the WHO has condemned lockdowns as a primary strategy for combating the spread of the virus, after originally recommending them.

Kurt Mahlburg, “To beat Covid we need real science, not scientism” at MercatorNet

Plunging whole hog into politics will only make the world more sceptical. And authoritarian crackdowns will not compensate for lack of genuine trust.

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Now Nature endorses Joe Biden for US Prez—and doesn’t seem to realize what it is doing to itself. Nature was founded in 1869. Between then and now, many U.S. Prezzes have come and gone. The puzzling part is why Nature (and stablemate Scientific American) would throw themselves into the fray like this, as if they had no reputation or credibility, apart from politics, to defend.

2 Replies to “It isn’t skeptics who are harming science today

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    polistra says:

    You still haven’t figured it out, have you? Trust is not the goal. Killing everyone is the goal.

  2. 2
    Querius says:

    In our new society, all human endeavor must be harnessed exclusively to political outcomes and the emergence of the utopian worker’s paradise of the United Socialist States of America.

    Science, music, the arts, education, healthcare, journalism, business, religion, everything must be recruited to serve this one purpose.

    My prediction is that the USSA won’t last even as long as the USSR before collapsing. But all is not lost. Socialists all over the world will once again chant their mantra, “But that wasn’t REAL socialism!”

    -Q

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