Yesterday I was asked about a post. About citing facts from a “medical” journal or the CDC.
Medical journals, in fact all scientific journals were once the most trusted way to “fact check” scientific claims. (Short of running trials/studies yourself, with the proper training.) However, are they always reliable? I wish it were so. (1, 2, 3, 4)
The CDC, I believe, can be trusted on most data but even there we have shifting political sands that can influence the results published. (5)
All of the above can and will be influenced by many things, some of them good, some not so good. During this “Covid-19” aka Wuhan virus pandemic, we have watched no one less than Dr. Fauci himself flipflop on the wearing of masks. (6,7,8)
I can remember when scientists were revered as “unbiased men searching for great knowledge for the benefit of all mankind”. I don’t think this is said very much anymore. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it may be said now only among the young and those who teach them.
Why? Because we have all seen the abuse of science. That abuse usually, in my experience, takes the form of greed. Whether from business or politics there will always be those who will take what they can and use it to enrich themselves. Those people are just as likely to demand that the outcome of studies or projects support their agenda. When this happens scientists, who just like everyone else need to make a living, will occasionally bend to the will of their “masters”. Even if that master is their own greed, or just the need to feed their family.
Does this mean I am “anti-science”? No. It does mean that I am a realist. I’ve heard it said that about 10% of humanity is just plain bad and about 20% more will cause what harm they can if they know they can get away with it. I think this is true across the board, no matter what field of work you’re in, what church you go to, or philosophy you follow. The reverse is also, in my opinion, true. There are good people out there. Thank God.
So, why all of this? Maybe because I needed to vent about people who absolutely believe anything scientists say, because, “Muh science!”. Maybe so that my friends, some of whom are actual scientists, will understand that when needed I do check my sources, and question those sources as well.