Brazilian scientists and academics write an Open Letter on the “science” of the coronavirus pandemic -Posted on 26/05/2020
'Nobody, absolutely nobody is allowed to speak for science or declare that he is “been guided” by science! ‘
Richard Feynman put it this way: “Science is the culture of doubt”. And I would add, “science is the culture of debate, of divergence of opinions”.
Rarely, there are situations in which we reach consensus in science, even a momentary consensus. Some defend the “Big Bang” and the theory of evolution, others, including myself, are skeptical of them. Some defend with data and papers the central role of men in global warming, others defend, with the same data and papers, that human activity is irrelevant. Scientists are human beings, therefore, skeptics and enquirers who can and should speak for themselves, like all scientists have the right to do, but NEVER A SCIENTIST OR A GROUP OF THEM CAN DECLARE TO BE AUTHORIZED TO SPEAK IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE!
Nobody, absolutely nobody is allowed to speak for science or declare that he is “been guided” by science! In times of pandemic, this impossibility is even greater, as we face an unknown enemy. Data is still being collected and researches are being performed and published by scientists divided by their worldviews, and by their political and party preferences.
Whoever said he acted in the name of science, dishonestly usurped science prestige. For what type of “science” is this, unanimous and consensual, that no one has ever heard of? Could someone give me its address so I can confirm its consent? Its phone, email and WhatsApp?
Who then speaks here in the name of “science”? Which group has a monopoly on reason and its exclusive authorization to be the spokesperson of “science”? Where is such authorization found?
One can choose an opinion, and base his strategy on it, this is fine, but no one should commit the sacrilege of protecting his decision risking to tarnish with it the “sacred mantle of science”.
Outraged, every day I hear mayors and governors saying at the top of their lungs that they “have followed science”. Presidents of councils and some of their advisers, and of academies and deans in their offices write letters on behalf of their entire community, as if they reflect everyone’s consensual position. Nothing could be more false.
Have they followed science? Not at all! They have followed the science wing which they like, and the scientists who they chose to place around them. They ignore the other wing of science, since there are also hundreds of scientists and articles that oppose their positions and measures.
Worse, scientists are not angels. Scientists are people, and people have likes and dislikes, passions and political party preferences. Or wouldn’t they? There are many scientists, therefore, who do good without looking at whom, I know and admire many of them. But there are also pseudoscientists who use science to defend their opinion, their own pocket, or their passion. Scientists have worked and still work hard and detached to contribute to the good of humanity, many of whom are now in their laboratories, risking their lives to develop new methods of detecting coronavirus, drugs and vaccines, when they could stay “safe at home”. But, to illustrate my point, I know scientists who have published articles, some even in major journals such as “Science” or “Nature”, with data they have manufactured “during the night”; others who have removed points from their curves, or used other similar strategies. Many scientists were at Hitler’s side, weren’t they? Did they act in the name of “science”? Others have developed atom bombs. Others still develop chemical and biological weapons and illicit drugs, by design.
This is science, not the “science” that I like or the “science” that others have appropriated it, but the “science” that we have here and now, based on the current facts, based on reason.
Finally, let us all remember that in the face of a new disease and its extremely rapid progression in the most debilitated patients with very serious complications, and so many uncertainties in the diagnosis, and as we don’t treat papers or health forms, but PEOPLE, it is imperative to the doctor look face to face their patients and decide invoking not the “science of some”, but the valuable compass of medicine that has saved many lives since the beginnings of medicine: “THE CLINIC IS SOVEREIGN!”
COVID Information is Now a War Between Politician Doctors and Practicing Physicians- October 23 , 2020
The politician TV doctors claim they have “science” on their side, but that is only because they use their own definition of “science,” which really has nothing to do with “truth,” but AUTHORITY.
If you read or listen carefully to what they say, you will soon understand they just want the public to trust them because they are “doctors,” and claim to represent a consensus in the “scientific community.”
But if you do your own “fact checking” and search the medical and scientific literature yourself, which few do, it will become very obvious that they do not have the truth or facts on their side most of the time.
One of the most obvious examples currently affecting nearly everyone, is the belief that face masks will prevent disease and save lives.
The scientific literature states the exact opposite, and even studies, REAL studies, done on comparing operating rooms where surgeons where face masks to prevent infection, with surgeons who do not, show that the outcomes of hospital acquired infections are NOT affected by face masks, even though it is a general belief held by most.
So if the truth is that face masks do not protect us from COVID, and the science backs this up, how have so many people become convinced of just the opposite?
By using a political media doctor to tell everyone he/she is correct, based on his/her scientific credentials, and that everyone else who disagrees with them is wrong.
And scare the hell out of everyone in the process so they obey!
As for the medical staff and ‘ experts ‘ going along with it.
Beside the money incentive / links with pharma or doing as told to keeping a job , many actually believing their dangerous dogmas without looking at the research or understanding the research .
Reminds me of an interview with a scholar who made a very acute observation, people may read but not understand what they are reading.
As for the direction of the medical education someone wrote a good comment
'Another word for educated is trained. A good dog jumps through hoops at the crack of a whip. A well trained dog needs no whip. He jumps through the hoop without being told. One of the main functions of today's education is to silently remove any critical thinking that arose in early life and replace it with training and a narrow definition of critical thinking. '