Aug 272020

“Giving one person such power is an example of the anti-democratic deference to expertise in our society.”

That warning conveyed by our guest Dr Christopher Essex, Professor, Dept of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, came after observing that “they are now requiring masks on the basis of a decision from a public health official concerned with future outbreaks.”

Expanding on Richard Feynmann’s observation that “science is a belief in the ignorance of experts,” Dr Essex adds that the analytical process is alien to politics. Nevertheless, governing interests rely on data and mathematical model projections to validate a COVID-19 narrative justifying continual state control over freedom of association.

Most alarming is the lack of any “limiting principle” signalling an end to the lockdowns and controls. This is reflected in a similar lack of “limiting principles” regarding the data and models that were used to project alarming and incorrect pandemic statistics.

Dr Essex’s unique analytical perspective on the whole COVID-19 phenomenon raises issues rarely considered. These include: the workings of networks and nodes in the spread and dissipation of coronavirus, the collectivist thinking that inhibits finding solutions, the herd mentality that creates a climate of fear out of “style and fashion,” the “virtuous corruption” practiced for causes believed to be just, and a general lack of common sense in coping with the crisis.

Reassuringly, it’s not necessary to be an ‘expert’ in order to distinguish facts from fictions. As Dr Essex advises, simply applying common sense is far more reliable than “experts” would have us believe. Everyone should stop being afraid, think independently, and direct their efforts towards better understanding the greater context of the COVID-19 pandemic. What better way to arrive at any valid conclusions that are Just Right!

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