The beginning of the 21st century has brought many positive things, but it has also brought some alarming trends. One of the worst is the Politicization of Everything, from the Oscars to the NFL to the COVID-19 panic. We are seeing horrific evidence that the scientific method, which has caused so many wonderful inventions and technological and medical breakthroughs, is now on its way out.
As readers should know, the scientific method is this:
In our time, when it comes to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the scientific method has been replaced with this:
And of course when actual science takes place, it is censored by Big Tech and the corporate media. If we cite science that does not agree with the medical establishment/big government narrative, we are told that this is “misinformation,” which is really just another word for “inconvenient facts that challenge the propaganda we are being fed via social media and the media.”
Let me be as clear as possible about this: the scientific method that has brought the world so much prosperity and miraculous new medical advancements is based on CHALLENGING THE EXISTING NARRATIVES. For science to advance, we need to accept that people will be outside of the establishment coming up with new approaches and new ideas. Obviously many of these new approaches and new ideas will fail, but failure is part of the scientific method itself. It is the energy of constantly challenging the existing assumptions that brings progress.
What is happening today is instead a massive, worldwide attempt to silence any scientific advancement that does not exactly fit the narrative of the medical establishment, most government leaders, Big Tech and the corporate media. Any data that does not fit the narrative is ignored and squelched. Today’s Unpersons are the doctors and scientists who come to any conclusions that are Not Approved by the ruling class. This is extremely dangerous, and I am sorry to say that many, many Latter-day Saint scientists are actively participating in this attempt to repress medical innovation. If there is one thing most (not all, thankfullly) Latter-day Saint scientists believe these days, it is that the medical establishment must be defended at all costs. It is shameful that so many prominent LDS scientists cannot, at the very least, bring themselves to condemn the obvious censorship taking place, but the response from so many sources is crickets. Note to these LDS scientists: if you accept the scientific authoritarianism taking place today, it is only a matter of time until they come after you.
I have already shown very clearly on M* that the lockdowns and mask mandates do not work. Please also look at this post. To understand very clearly why this is important, let’s go back and review the scientific method and how it should apply to public policy regarding pandemics.
Any restrictions on normal societal activities during a pandemic have costs. If you close schools and force kids to attend school on-line, you will have negative effects on the children who can no longer socialize and learn in person. If you make children and teachers wear masks, there will be negative effects on kids who are trying to learn how to read because they cannot see how words are pronounced by watching peoples’ lips. (Not to mention, of course, the horrendous costs for children with hearing disabilities). If you make millions of small business close down, many of these businesses will go bankrupt.
So, it is obvious that such policies should only be implemented if there is overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence that lockdowns, school closings and mask mandates will work. In other words, there must be overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence that places that do not follow these policies will have always have devastatingly negative results, and there must be overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence that places that do follow these policies will always have positive results.
We have had lockdowns and mandates for nearly 18 months now, and what are the results? What scientific conclusion can we reach based on the “experiments” and the data?
The only reasonable conclusion we can reach is that there does not appear to be any scientific evidence that there is a consistent link between lockdowns and mandates and positive results. It is true that lockdowns and mandates do appear to partially work, at least temporarily, in places that are geographically isolated and happen to be islands like Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. But there is simply no other evidence supporting lockdowns in other situations.
The worst results in the United States are all states that had the most tyrannical lockdowns:
I have written extensively on Sweden and Nicaragua, two countries that never locked down and did not have mandates. It turns out Sweden is moving to be one of the safer countries with a lower death rate than most European countries. Sweden has been virtually unaffected by the delta variant, unlike other European countries.
Meanwhile, Nicaragua has the lowest per capita death rate in Central America, even though it is the only Central American country that never instituted any kind of lockdown or mask mandate.
What about the delta variant in the U.S? I have already shown that there is no positive correlation between the death rate in the U.S. and lockdowns, and in fact there appears to be a negative correlation, ie, some of the most locked down states have the worst results. Isn’t there a surge of death going on in open states these days? Actually, no. Let’s look at South Dakota:
I should mention my state, Colorado, which has always been one of the safer states. And these days almost nobody wears masks in Colorado, despite the delta variant. Are we all dying in Colorado? No.
Now, it is true that Florida, which is an open state, is going through an unfortunate surge in cases and deaths right now. But so is Nevada, which has been locked down through most of the pandemic.
I need to drive home this point, because unfortunately many people with advanced science degrees have forgotten how science works. If you want to prove that lockdowns and mandates, which have social costs, are worthwhile, they must be overwhelmingly effective in almost all cases. It is not enough to sputter, “what about Florida…” like an ignorant talking head on MSNBC and CNN. You must be able to prove that places that do not lockdown will almost always turn into killing fields and places that do lockdown will almost always be safer. If the scientific hypothesis is “lockdowns and mandates will save a huge amount of lives and are necessary public policies,” I have already proven that hypothesis false.
The truth is that SARS-CoV-2, like many viruses, acts in unpredictable ways. During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919, it was extremely common for a large family to lose an infant girl, a 12-year-old boy and a parent and grandparent, but for other members of the family to be immune. It is worth pointing out that the death rate of the Spanish flu was much higher than SARS-CoV-2 will ever be, but we can look at history to see that viruses are unpredictable.
We also can look at history to see that viruses, once they are introduced, are with us for many years, and the real solution is natural herd immunity and, yes, effective non-experimental vaccines. Scientists used to know this as recently as February and early March of 2020, but now for some reason the medical establishment is telling us that COVID must somehow be eradicated before we can ever have normal life again. Every once in a while, an expert lets the truth slip out, so in a celebration of the truth let’s hear from an actual scientist.
Neuzil’s comment is perfect common sense, right? And it also is supported by the history of viruses. But somehow the medical establishment keeps on telling us to be freaked out by a virus with an extremely high survival rate compared to many viruses of the past.
Speaking of freaking out, let’s discuss the delta variant, which is the new excuse the medical establishment and various tyrannical politicians are using to force upon us new mandates and vaccine passports.
Have you noticed that India has somehow fallen out of the news these days? That was the country worst affected by the delta variant, and of course just a few months ago the corporate media was reporting that tens of millions of people were going to die in India. What happened?
What? I thought we were going to see millions of bodies in the streets in India! How disappointing for the ghouls who make their money and achieve power by ginning up fear. Only 7 percent of people in India are vaccinated, compared to about half of the population of the U.S., so how did India recover from the delta variant?
It turns out that natural immunity does work. And it turns out that the delta variant is much less deadly than other variants. And it turns out that there is a cheap medicine called ivermectin that has prevented millions of Indians from getting sick.
The British science establishment, just like the U.S. science establishment, has virtually ignored the positive results from India. Many Britons I respect are doing their best to fight off yet another harsh lockdown and the imposition of vaccine passports, despite the fact that the panic over the delta variant in the UK has been completely overblown.
I am sure we will be discussing the totalitarian vaccine passports in the days to come, so I will not spend too much time on that subject here. I need to make this point, which should be obvious but needs to emphasized in these days of politicized science: I am not an anti-vaxxer. As I have written many times, I am very thankful for the vaccines I have taken over the years. I am open to eventually taking a vaccine against COVID, but not an experimental vaccine that has resulted in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of serious side effects.
But let’s think a second about what we are being told by the medical establishment these days. Let’s use some basic logic. Here we have the director of the CDC saying that even if you have been vaccinated you can transmit the virus, and she emphasized that the vaccines do not stop the transmission of the delta variant. So, according to the director of the CDC, the only real benefit of the vaccine is that the symptoms from the virus will not be as bad.
Why in the world would anybody get a vaccine that does not stop the most recent variant and does not stop transmission of the virus, especially when there is significant evidence that the vaccine is resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of serious side effects? And what possible reason could there be for a vaccine passport for vaccines that are ineffective and will not protect you?
You see what I mean by the death of science?
In conclusion, I am urging all people reading this to take 20 minutes to watch this talk regarding the mRNA vaccines. This is the opinion of a real expert who is going against the medical establishment, which I am sure will mean he is eventually turned into an Unperson. Youtube has already banned this talk, so you know it must have pissed off the medical establishment goons. In the interests of real science, as opposed to political science, I urge you to watch his talk.