Whose Science? What Science?

I’m tired of people asking why those refusing a vaccine shot don’t believe “the science.”

What science? Whose science? And get that belief out of your system. Go to church if you want to believe. What we need these proponents to do is think.

Scientists disagree. Even Einstein’s special theory of relativity is just that: a theory. It’s not settled like the laws of motion or the laws of thermodynamics.

Covid-19 is so new and so evolving and so little studied that of course you are going to have scientists disagreeing.

So, whose science are you talking about?

In today’s politically charged times, conservatives and liberals are all choosing the science and scientists they want to, barf, believe.

I can turn up a different study and a different scientist every time you turn one up.

Why don’t I believe the science?

Because your implicit suggestion that there is only one science to follow makes me think you are an idiot.

Update: Someone commented that these proponents actually mean to say statistics. In that 90% to 95% of those in the hospital for Covid have not been vaccinated. That’s part of their “science.”

I understand that but can you see the fuzziness going on. People should say statistics when they mean statistics. This is life or death. Get precise. I’m not being pedantic as a writer. See what Orwell said below.

As for statistics regarding hospital stays, that does seem to be hard science. But I remember that early on that hospitals were marking down people as having Coivd even if they weren’t sure. It seemed best to them to more fully report than underreport.

Which gets to the old cliche, There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

“Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. The point is that the process is reversible. “ Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers. ” [emphasis added]

Orwell, Politics and the English Language

By thomasfarley01

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