Trust the Science?
Updated: Jul 13
The new catchphrase these days to bully people into compliance is “trust the science.” We are continually told, we must “trust the science”, and if we don’t “trust the science”, we are some sort of conspiracy theory nut jobs. I have some questions, isn’t it “the science” that created this Covid-19 pandemic in the first place? Isn’t it “the science” that is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide? Isn’t it “the scientists” that have lied and covered up the origins of Covid-19 for a year and a half to protect themselves? Isn’t the reason why we had a pandemic is because “the science” believed it was infallible? Didn’t “the science” believe that it could genetically manipulate a deadly virus, and no harm would be done? Didn’t Mary Shelley warn us of this over 100 years ago in her novel, Frankenstein? Isn’t hubris one of the biggest deadly flaws that “scientists” continue to fall victim to?
Maybe when scientists start acting honestly, responsibly, and ethically, then the rest of us would be willing to “trust the science” they produce. The pure discipline of science is not the problem. Many unbelievably great things for humanity are a result of science. The issue is the unabashed arrogance that science displays from time to time, as evidenced in the phrase “trust the science”. That arrogance is where science goes off the rails. So, we need to take a contradictory stance towards science; we need to believe in the importance and potential of science, and at the same time continue to view science with a skeptical eye.
Science is made up of scientists, human beings who are fallible, imperfect, who are susceptible to the human frailties like the rest of us; greed, pride, arrogance, selfishness, fear, short-sightedness, bias. Scientists are not immune to the corrupting forces of the world that the rest of us humans fall victim to. We have seen that on full display over the last year and a half. People can no longer hide behind the moniker of “scientist”, and assume that it makes them infallible, or immune to criticism. Dr. Fauci was the scientist we were told to trust, yet didn’t he help to fund the viral gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Lab that created Covid-19? Didn’t he and Dr. Daszac pen a false letter lying about the origins of Covid-19 that was published in the esteemed medical journal, The Lancet?
And what were the scientists trying to achieve with that gain-of-function research? Were they trying to get ahead of a naturally created pathogen? Were the scientists so arrogant that they believed they would know the exact evolutionary path, of the many possible paths the virus could take to become infectious to humans? And why didn’t the scientists already have a vaccine waiting for this novel virus that they created and were experimenting on? Wasn’t that the reason they created the virus in the first place to be ahead of the virus with a vaccine?
And throughout the pandemic, many of our leaders who were telling us to follow the science rarely followed the science themselves. We knew in March 2020 that Covid-19 disproportionately affected the elderly and those with comorbidities, and was no worse than the seasonal flu the young and healthy. Yet, many states did very little to protect the elderly; New York, New Jersey, Michigan, all sent Covid-positive patients back to nursing homes which killed thousands of the elderly, while at the same time implementing very stringent restrictions on the young and healthy; shutting down schools, cancelling sports seasons, and locking down bars and restaurants.
The scientists have made many contradictory or false claims about the virus. First, they told us masks were useless; then they told us we had to wear one mask; then they said we had to wear two masks. The scientists claimed that the restrictions would be lifted and we can go back to our normal life once we got the vaccine, but then they told us were not allowed to go back to a normal life even if we were vaccinated. The scientists claim that the vaccines are 100% safe, yet the FDA, a group of scientists, refuses to approve these vaccines other than for emergency use.
Now, the scientists are telling us to vaccinate people under 18, even under 12. Won’t most, if not all, of the people in these age groups, get through a Covid-19 infection without even realizing they’ve been infected? Covid-19 is clearly not an emergency for these age groups, yet the scientists are recommending they take a vaccine that is only approve for emergency use against it. Why would scientists recommend people take these “experimental” medications to protect against a virus which is not a threat to them? Is there potentially monetary reasons to get as many people vaccinated as possible regardless of whether they are at risk or not?
The scientist told the world for 15 years that OxyContin was safe and not addictive. Doctors throughout our country prescribed this highly addictive and deadly drug to their patients on a regular basis which created an epidemic of opioid addiction that is ravaging our communities today. Purdue pharmaceuticals made billions of dollars off the lies they presented as science while the doctors who have been prescribing OxyContin padded their bank accounts from the kickbacks on these lies. This human tragedy which takes the lives of 80,000+ Americans every year was caused precisely because we listened to the scientists and we listen to the doctors, many of whom were only concerned with their own interests.
So, here we are with more medications that the scientists, and the doctors are claiming we must take, and are completely safe. The same dynamic is at play here. Like Purdue Pharmaceutical with OxyContin, the pharmaceutical companies are poised to make billions of dollars if every single American and every person around the world takes their vaccine whether they need it or not. It is in their best interest to claim that everyone needs to get these vaccines, and that they are 100% safe. I don’t know if the vaccines are safe or not, they may be. But the scientists and the doctors have been wrong or lied about Covid too many times in the past 18 months, just as they lied about OxyContin that it has become almost impossible to blindly “trust the science” anymore. And the more people, especially those in power, tell us to blindly trust the science, the less trustworthy science appears.
If you want people to trust the scientist, we must demand that the scientist start acting trustworthy, and stop lying to us to make money off of us. I am not an anti-vaxxer nor am I anti-science. I have taken many vaccines in my life. I’ve had all my children vaccinated on the recommended schedule. But to make the blanket statement that all vaccines are safe, and all science and scientists must be trusted is very dangerous. Remember, the same discipline, the same group of people who have brought us these vaccines, are the same ones who brought us the virus, and they are displaying the same level of arrogance toward the vaccines that was needed to create the pandemic in the first place. Most doctors and scientists are great, but there are some doctors and scientists were complete charlatans, so we must question them all. If “science” wants to be treated like a credible source and trusted, the scientists must start acting credibly and trustworthy.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He is a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.