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Challenger scientists? November 27, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Good piece here in which Sonia Sodha takes some of those offering supposed critiques of mask-wearing and other restrictions to task, particularly in the following:

It is also evident in Heneghan’s claims that labelling his disinformation as such is an intrusion on academic freedom and in the way he portrays himself as some sort of science crusader in demanding expensive randomised trials on masks. As other scientists drily point out, given the low cost of masks and the “good-enough” evidence base that they are effective, those resources might be better spent on developing vaccines and treatments.

But do we really need this phrase?

Heneghan himself has made some positive contributions as a challenger scientist, for example in asking questions about the way Covid deaths are counted. But challenger science must be based on evidence and data. There is a danger that scientists develop a “Galileo complex” – that they see all scrutiny as akin to the ridicule faced by a scientific giant such as Darwin and cry foul at any challenge.

Challenger scientists? Not sure there’s a need to introduce a term like that to describe the dynamics in play.


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