We all know what Covid science is: It’s the science of the Presidential podium. It’s the science of the impressively televised. It’s the science of social enforcement, the science of status, and the science of the censor.
The time has come for all of us, from the kid in the high school science lab to the Nobel Prize winner, to mark the distinction between science and Covid science.
Officialdom will never do this on their own. Very few universities will do this on their own. And the newly empowered army of fact-checkers most definitely will not deplatform themselves.
And so it’s up to us. We all know what Covid science is, and we need to start calling it out, as in, “Oh, George, that’s Covid science.” To help get this started I’ve made a small collection of thoughts from the era before Covid science:
Nullius in verba (Take nobody’s word for it) – The motto of the Royal Society
Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts. – Richard Feynman
When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect – but do not believe him. — Linus Pauling
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. – Albert Einstein
There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors. – Robert Oppenheimer
Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts. – Francis Bacon
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong. – Richard Feynman
It’s up to us.