The Dangers of Blind Faith in Scientists
We have a major problem. Is it wildfires? No. How about coronavirus? Closer, but not quite. Economic collapse? Nope. Is an invasion of murder hornets immanent? Not in the slightest. The list of potential disasters in the year 2020 will likely fill history textbooks of their own, but one that is a critical issue is not even on the radar of most people. Our problem here in the western world is that far too many have been easily lured into the snares of scientism, a worldview that claims science as the only reliable source of truth. Those living through 2020 may scratch their heads quizzically at this claim. How could such a worldview be worse than all the deaths and lockdowns the novel coronavirus caused? It could be seen in this way: if we rely on scientists to tell us what truth is, they could lead us unchallenged down any road they want.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, scientist at the NIH, said in an interview on the podcast “Learning Curve” with Michael Caputo that “…science is truth… And if you go by the evidence and by the data, you’re speaking the truth.” He went on to agree that science is a process that when used, will eventually arrive at the absolute truth, one that is “immutable.” Such outlandish claims should shock us all. This scientist who has spent 50 years working diligently in the field of diseases has made some major philosophical claims here, claims that have absolutely no foundation to stand upon. If the leading scientists can so easily make such illogical claims and get away with it, how far will they lead us down the rabbit hole until we realize we have been duped?
Logic and philosophy may seem like difficult (and sometimes unnecessary) topics for the general layman, but without them, it is easy for those in power to spread falsehoods. A basic survey of philosophy and logic is all that is needed to pull the rug out from under this expert.
To begin, we must first understand what this word “truth” actually means. Our postmodern culture has tarnished truth’s sparkling reputation. It has become the “cuttlefish” of concepts, constantly changing its colors and textures to adapt to the environment around it. It is all too frequently referred to as “my truth” or “your truth.” Such statements assume that our personal experiences and personal feelings can decide the truthfulness of something. For example, one moral truth could supposedly be right for me, but I cannot assume it is right for others in the same way. Dr. Fauci seems to think that calling it science makes it a type of truth, even if it can change. Truth does not dwell on a spectrum, but in absolutes only. There is no such thing as a non-absolute truth. To believe in such shows naiveté that is palpable.
The truth simply cannot be relative like the postmodernists claim. Logically, such an interpretation is a blatant contradiction. The Oxford Dictionary defines truth as “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.” The claim that truth is relative is in itself a contradiction, owing to the fact that such a statement is an assertion of absolute truth.
As Dr. Fauci claimed, science was not just a source of truth, but one of absolute truth. This is a blatant misunderstanding of the nature of science itself. Science, by nature, is limited in scope. It is constantly discovering new things and building our knowledge of the universe, but we cannot call its discoveries truths since truth is absolute. Scientific discoveries do indeed point us towards the best possible explanations, but claiming that those explanations are truth means that it is absolute and unchallengeable. This is the critical point: if any aspect of scientific discovery is not open to challenge or refutation, then it is, by definition, no longer science. Science, by design, must be open to critique and the addition of new knowledge. Until we have gleaned all knowledge from the universe, we cannot make absolute truth statements about things discovered empirically. After all, new data can change what we understood to be correct.
When early scientists claimed that the geocentric model of the solar system was correct, they assumed that it was true that the Earth was the center of the universe and all the stars and planets all orbited us; however, when new evidence built up over time, culminating with Galileo’s discoveries, scientists were forced to switch to the now held heliocentric (sun centered) model. Was the science here a source of truth? If it were, then the geocentric model would not be wrong, since truth cannot be false. It cannot be true and false at the same time according to the law of noncontradiction; therefore, the science was not truth to begin with. Do we assume that our model of the solar system is indeed correct now? Pretty much, yes, but we must be wary to avoid assuming it is truth, because, as was said before, we turn it into an absolute and are then unable to challenge such conclusions. This unchallengeable conclusion is that final step outside the limits of science itself. Dr. Fauci falls into the same trap when he claims that science leads to absolute truth. Even he seems to admit that we are not to the point of absolute truth, yet he suggests that the steps leading up to that absolute truth are true, which is a misnomer since there is no such thing as something that is partial truth. It is or is not truth. Clearly, history is rife with examples of scientific ideas assumed to be true that were undermined and often completely replaced at a later point.
Dr. Fauci is a prime example that many leading scientists of our day are ill-trained in philosophy, logic, and the limitations of science. One key issue is revealed when we realize that science is never complete. We are always gathering new data. Many times, that data will undermine a current theory or hypothesis, forcing us to go right back to the drawing board to reimagine a way to explain the phenomena around us. If we are not continuously learning new things and investigating the old data in light of the new, then science is brought to a standstill. Conversely, we see that, because of the constant fluctuations of understanding in science, we can never legitimately conclude about something as being absolute or factual. Science in no way is immutable except that it cannot be a source of absolute truth. When Dr. Fauci claims that science is immutable and is absolute truth, not only is he lacking in that humility we need as scientists, but he is also falling under the spell of scientism, a logically errant view, and bringing the slow turning wheels of science to a grinding halt. After all, once we view science as inerrant, it is no longer science, but dogmatic faith.
While you may have followed all those philosophical musings, you might still be puzzled as to why this is a much worse issue than all else 2020 has thrown at us. It is an understandable confusion, since it takes a look at a bit broader of a scale to comprehend than just the months that have dragged us through what seems to be the longest year in history. Zoom out with me to check out what I mean.
While COVID19 and the economic crisis it created have gone on for months, this issue with scientism has been brewing for decades. In most schools across the west, the previously valued skills in logic and rhetoric have been removed from the curriculum, leading to multiple generations of students that have been stripped of the skills to be proper critical thinkers. As many might notice, our culture has shifted drastically away from rational logic driven thought towards knee-jerk emotional reactions. This, is one product of such a removal of critical thinking from education. The goal of education is to prepare students to stand on their own in the world, yet it is rapidly changing direction towards a more indoctrination-style approach that tells students what they should believe, rather than providing them the tools to weigh the evidence for themselves. Because of this, students and adults alike are now generally unprepared to challenge those deemed “experts” in their field. When someone like Dr. Fauci claims that science is truth, he is raising himself up to be one of the most reliable sources of reality that we have, yet this is nothing but an abuse of his position, since science simply cannot be considered truth. Why? Because it is always changing and must remain open to change at all points.
Once we give up our ability to think critically about scientific topics, we are throwing away our right to disagree. Far too many people view the “experts” in science as so far beyond themselves in education and wisdom that they fear to challenge anything they say. Their vaunted degrees and years of training puts them so far beyond everyone else, we think, yet is this true? Clearly Dr. Fauci is so narrowly educated that he himself cannot even accurately educate on the fundamental nature of science! Why then are we laying our ability to think, down at the feet of such a man? Does this not show that we could easily be duped by his big words and impressive degrees? Indeed, the very nature of science itself demands that we constantly be critical of all he says! If we are not, then it becomes the blind leading the blind; or worse, the devious leading the blind.
This should really make us question the experts. Anthony Fauci is far from perfect once one delves past the veneer of expertise. If we view Fauci himself with the same critical eye of a properly trained scientist, we can easily undermine his claims of being a source of truth. Let us analyze some of his past claims and see how they have stood up over time.
At the beginning of 2020, while the novel coronavirus was beginning to spread from China, Dr. Fauci openly downplayed the danger, claiming “It isn’t something the American public needs to worry about or be frightened about…” A month later, Fauci claimed there was no need for Americans to “change anything what you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.” In April, Fauci attempted to alter the record by claiming that it was as far back as January when he believed the virus’ spread was a problem Americans needed to worry about, contradicting his own on-record comments. If science is immutable, and his word as a leading scientist should be taken as absolute truth, why did it change so drastically?
What about Fauci’s opinion on the use of masks to help stop the spread of this coronavirus? In March, he quite resolutely claimed that masks were unnecessary in our fight against the spreading virus and discouraged their use by the public. When May rolled around, his public opinions changed, yet he claims he had known they were useful from the beginning, but intentionally lied to the public about them. How can we trust him now if he purposefully lied to us about the scientific data? Are we sure the second admission wasn’t the actual lie? Remember, truth doesn’t ever change, only our perceptions of it do. As the data rolled in, the science continued to change, as it always has, which is why we clearly cannot assume that science is truth.
If this wasn’t good enough to show the sandy foundation scientism is built on, look towards an even more controversial topic: vaccines. In the interview we originally heard Fauci claim that science is truth, he went on to claim that it was amazing how there were anti-vaxxers “who didn’t want people to get vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate the safety of vaccines.” He continued to pour on his incredulity at such people who doubted him even with all his decades of experience, reinforcing his role as a supposed source of truth. But does the data agree with his claims? When one glances past the curtain raised by the pharmaceutical industry, we find a much more harmful product than we have been led to believe. Many of the vaccines on the market today haven’t even received the medical industry standard double blind inert placebo testing. In fact, those that produce vaccines are not held liable for causing any harm or death to those who used their products, making it even harder to trust the truth of this claim since the laws defend them against lawsuits, the typical method of uncovering fraud and harm in the legal system., If we analyze the data in an unbiased fashion, we will find that their bold claims of safety and effectiveness are not as tangible as portrayed. How are we to now support such scientists when they decide to rush through vaccine production at “warp speed” for this coronavirus, skipping even more safety checkpoints than normal?
To top it all off, there are reports that Dr. Fauci supported the funding of the Wuhan Laboratory of Virology with millions of dollars. This lab is now known to experiment on viruses, especially coronaviruses, and is located right near the animal market that was originally blamed for the outbreak. While the part this laboratory played in this is still somewhat unclear, we know that Fauci’s organization gave them millions of US dollars to help fund research. So far, Dr. Fauci has not been openly questioned on his support for the ethically questionable funding of viral manipulation.
Not only has this renown expert not been accurate on many occasions, but he has even been manipulative and misleading. Clearly his vaunted scientific experience does not at all equate to absolute truth. It should also be obvious now that even just a little glance into the nature of science demonstrates that science is not immutable either. This begs the question: why do we keep falling into these positions as blind followers of people like Fauci? We wander into dangerous territory when we blindly give away our freedoms to people without having the skills to critically analyze their claims. If we lose our precious freedom to choose our own medical care, we are likely to wind up willfully giving away all that we hold dear as we begin to swallow harmful ideologies, many of which have been done in the name of science. Mandatory vaccinations, criminal charges for not wearing masks, or even the inability to travel without proof of specific medical treatments could very easily be the next steps if we continue to rely this heavily on experts like Fauci. Is this the road on which we really want to travel? Are we willing to trade freedoms for the illusion of security? The novel coronavirus has been no joke, but its impact is far less critical than giving away our rights to those we cannot keep in check. If the individuals do not take the initiative to hold tightly to their freedoms, we will see abuses far beyond what coronavirus could cause.
 Oxford Dictionary, https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/truth