An Insight Into the Failure of Science and Covid-19 Hysteria

Merriam-Webster defines scientism as “an exaggerated trust in the efficacy of the methods of natural science applied to all areas of investigation…” This is where we are today, and the exaggerations in regards to the COVID-19 Chinese batflu hysteria are a prime example of this exaggerated trust.

Richard Lewontin, a retired Harvard evolutionary biologist, provides an insight into the reason for the failure of science and the prevailing Chinese batflu hysteria where the “science” seems to change as often as Michigan weather.

“Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural.  We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community of unsubstantiated “just so” stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.  It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counterintuitive, no matter mystifying to the uninitiated.  Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

Richard Lewontin, New York Review of Books, “Billons and Billions of Demons”

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  • Another excellent article. I won’t be getting the “jab.” as I tested negative for Covid, but postive for the antibodies. I trust my immune system a helluva lot more than I trust the governmnet.

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    • Pete, I won’t be getting the “jab” either, but not because I’ve been tested and found to have antibodies. The Covid’s less than 1% fatality rate, the efficacy of Ivermectin, and a robust immune system are sound science based reasons to decline. Additionally, I am not a fan of taking anything which is experimental.

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