• Jun Park

The Ongoing Pandemic - 'Anti-science'

It has been a long time since someone in authority has talked about this problem and has been straight-forward about it. We need more scientists to talk about this about so many issues.

In the US Department of Health and Human Services' podcast "The Learning Curve", the IAID Director and Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci warns about the real problem that is going on behind Covid-19, and other issues. Something we have forgotten.

"Science is truth."

It seems that people have forgotten that not long ago, the thought of man was dominated by stories, myths, and fables, codified in various ritual and practices around the world. Today, these practices are recognized as cultural, religious, and customs.

The world was a battleground for these practices. Wars were waged in the name of these practices, and millions throughout history stood for this beliefs.

Many of these practices in the modern era have subsided in a large extent thanks to science. Being able to categorically and empirically identify truths, identify truths that regardless of culture, religion, or custom, the scientific discovery and method transcended these.

Science is not perfect, it is not absolute, nor it is anything other than a function in society of research and discovery. By its own purpose and methodology, it is imperfect, and in an ever-evolving state, which allows for doubt and questioning become an intrinsic form of its method.

Unfortunately, those that are not familiar with the scientific method, will only understand that doubt and questioning an imperfect system is okay, and therefore question science all-together.

Here is the pandemic within, which Dr. Fauci identified.

One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are -- for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable -- they just don't believe science and they don't believe authority.

This problem is not exclusive to the United States. As an advocate of renewable energy and sustainable development, I can tell you, this problem is very present in the combat against climate change.

Now, what happens, when people that do not understand the scientific method, and in fact, run for political office with this anti-science rhetoric that resonate with a significant non-scientific community?

So when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who's talking about science, that there are some people who just don't believe that -- and that's unfortunate because, you know, science is truth,

If authority, your highest authority, is questioning sound science, it allows for everyone to question sound science. In an imperfect model, making choices with limited data is always better than making choices with no data. But, here we are today, dragging on problems that are going on.

It's amazing sometimes the denial there is. It's the same thing that gets people who are anti-vaxxers, who don't want people to get vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate the safety of vaccines,

These problems are in the root of so many arguments in today's political hemisphere. Ironically, in today's world, economists are authorities that carry a lot more weight of authority, the irony it that economy is a social science which is not as exact as for example, chemistry.

I have personal friends that have spoken to me at length about how climate change is not affected by human activity, using the 2010 Volcano Eruption of the Icelandic volcano which name must be googled every time by us foreigners, (Eyjafjallajökull) as a source of CO2 equivalent to man-made emissions.

I have friends trying to send me to read documents issued by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and other World Mercury Project supported groups which all lead to the same Wakefield discredited study about autism. I try my best to try to tell them they are wrong without insulting them, but they are very quick to insult or accuse you of being "brainwashed by science and big enterprise / Bill Gates."

I wish I could do more.

In addition to that, the lack of change in the social inequalities, we see that the countries with very high inequality rates (Brazil, Chile, USA) are leading in number of rate of infected, weakened healthcare services, and projected to be affected for the foreseeable future.

The rights to belief is everyone's right. But that right does not make anyone's belief to be real to anyone other than that person.