The problem with following the science

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In our increasingly secular age, being on the side of science is similar to being on the side of God ‘ a way to settle an argument by not actually making an argument. Just enlist an unassailable authority and move on.

That’s how Joe Biden campaigned for president, vowing to ‘follow the science’ on the COVID-19 pandemic wherever it led him. Only now it seems like he’s leading the science as much as the science is leading him. And that was inevitable.

First, as with God, it’s sometimes difficult to know what science says. This isn’t meant as an anti-science talking point. Science is good. But science doesn’t speak on every issue with a booming voice that clears all doubts like a thunderclap scattering pigeons. Sometimes scientists disagree with each other.

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Date: 2021-03-06T10:34:32+00:00
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The problem with following the science

And sometimes science gets things wrong. Phrenology ‘ basically palm-reading applied to your skull ‘ was briefly considered cutting-edge science. It’s now widely recognized as pseudoscientific quackery. Today’s ‘settled science’ is often tomorrow’s ‘I can’t believe we said that.’

Then there are politicians. They rely on the experts. But they tend to rely on the experts who tell them what they want to hear or advise them how best to do what they already want to do. Liberal presidents rarely hire right-wing economists, and vice versa. This doesn’t mean anyone is necessarily acting in bad faith. It’s just how things tend to work.

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Biden isn’t ‘following the science’ so much as leading it

First, as with God, it’s sometimes difficult to know what science says. This isn’t meant as an anti-science talking point. Science is good. Science is real. But science doesn’t speak on every issue with a booming voice that clears all doubts like a thunderclap scattering pigeons. Sometimes scientists ‘ the high priests charged with telling us what science says ‘ disagree with each other. (Priests also have their disagreements. You can look it up.)

There’s also the problem of scientists trying to think like politicians. In any given year, public health officials ‘ at the CDC, NIH, etc. ‘ issue all manner of advisories and guidelines. It’s important work. Doctors and local government officials heed this stuff. But you know who doesn’t? Most Americans.

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‘Follow the science’ Biden accused of ignoring science on key issues

Despite his ‘follow the science’ mantra, Mr. Biden has run up against mounting empirical challenges on a host of issues, including reopening schools, climate change, women’s sports and abortion, from those who say his scientific expertise begins and ends with political science.

‘Whenever the Biden administration and the environmental left say ‘follow the science,’ what they’re really saying is ‘follow the social science,’ not the hard physical science,’ said James Taylor, president of the free-market Heartland Institute.


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Politics is about more than ‘following the science’

In 2009, there was a major swine flu pandemic. Do you remember sitting on the edge of your seat for the latest CDC guidelines or advisories? You might if you had special health considerations or a job that required it. But for most people, such statements were the equivalent of the white noise Charlie Brown’s teachers would make in the old Peanuts cartoons.’

For instance, last summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked by’The Street’why health officials had publicly downplayed the importance of masks given that the science is clear about their efficacy. He’explained‘that masks were in ‘short supply,’ and officials wanted to make sure there were enough for the health care workers who needed them most. It was a perfectly legitimate concern. It was also an admission of a lie.’


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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the dangers of distorting science for political ends

COVID-19 invaded our nation just over a year ago and it exposed many inexcusable and reprehensible problems in social inequity, along with a perverted sense of responsibility and prioritization that the United States appears to cherish.

We witnessed those who were willing to sacrifice the elderly and even risk our children, citing distorted science and denying the existence of the pandemic, along with an attitude that if it is not proven unsafe, then we will do it.

The overall response by our leaders was one of politicization of the crisis and the resultant confusion was fed by misinformation campaigns, many of which were highly organized, detailed and suspected to be organized by our overseas adversaries.

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