Here’s the latest reader question, which is more a commentary – along with my reply!
LW writes: First, thank you again for your service to your community of readers. Thank you for providing a public voice and a place where those that still value liberty and critical thought can question the manufactured groupthink and consider alternatives to seemingly popular narratives in autos, politics, government, and most recently The Saga of the Coof.
Which brings me to that tiresome battlefront. I know you’re busy dealing with your mother’s situation and trying to make a living so if you read no further, I’m satisfied. Just trying to manage my own mental health and put my thoughts down in a coherent manner so I can stop waking up at odd hours trying to make sense of clown world 2020. So, I keep hearing the phrase “believe the science” in the liberal media and by those they cherry pick as “authoritative sources”. It’s been gnawing at me hearing that phrase. It reminds me of a scene in the movie Anchorman where the well-established idiot, Ron Burgundy, tosses out random and absurd knowledge of his own creation to publicly disparage his professional competition and challenging love interest, and self affirms his absurdities for all witnesses with the phrase, “It’s science.”
As a STEM grad of long ago and a fan of absurd humor, this gag was most satisfyingly hilarious to me. To wield the word “science” as some sort of blunt club to subdue your detractors and short circuit any attempts to refute your absurd and offensive claims is hilarious. A sophomoric delight. So, I wonder. Why does it seem the average person can’t see that the liberal media and our state and local god-kings/queens mimic this wise fool technique with their facial diapering and shutdowns/lockdowns rhetoric? The same thing that they’ve been doing with “climate change”, formerly known as “global warming,” formerly known as “global cooling”? We are only to believe “the science.”
When one asks to see the results of their “science” or has done their own research, they are shunned as a heretic for questioning the faith. Is it just willful ignorance by the masses? The comfort one has feeling they are in the care of someone supremely skilled and competent that will save them?
As I was pondering these things with supreme irritation at an early hour this morning, I was curious what the accepted definition of science is these days. The top definition for “science” from Merriam-(woke) Webster: The state of knowing; knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding. Top definition for science from my 35+ year old dictionary: Knowledge acquired by careful observation, by deduction of laws which govern changes and conditions, and by testing these deductions by experiment.
Notice anything different? Science, now, is simply: “The state of knowing.” That’s where we are now. I guess the media and ruling elite have reached Nirvana and the mysteries of the universe are just manifest in their omniscient hive mind; divine knowledge to be handed down to the unwashed masses as so many pearls cast before swine. Believe the science; Believe the state of knowing. Makes perfect sense. Known by whom? Knowing what? What one fallible human source told you? Knowing that you ignore any data that is contrary to your “belief”? Contrary to your unrightful and illegal claim to powers beyond the constitutionally granted authority of your office? I’m not saying I don’t believe there’s not a viral pathogen in our midst that can truly harm some. There is. Always has been. Especially if you are unfortunate enough to be of frail constitution. What the acolytes of the coof apocalypse have yet to convince me of, is that paper/cloth masks and lockdowns and arbitrary draconian orders destroying people’s livelihoods, their intimate relationships and their mental and physical wellbeing, do one fraction of the good they are claiming. If they work so well, why does their own data indicate otherwise? Why do people get so angry when you simply question what they’ve been told? Told to believe. It’s not science. As you’ve so astutely pointed out: it’s a religion.
My reply: Indeed. “Science” is also changeable, absent evidence. Fauci and the Surgeon General say wearing a Holy Rag is pointless theater – and then retract that statement. Which “science” is to be believed? The one so ordered. Not subject to evidence/cross-examination of assertions.
This is, in fact, a religious movement. It is why I use the term – not as abuse but rather to define.
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