During the pandemic I’ve seen the method of thinking called “science” become a single unquestioned body of knowledge called “the science.” This is an inherent failure in defining destiny, both for the individual and our society.
Skepticism is the foundation of any method of thinking, and is crucial to science and to qualifying fact. With “the science”, fact is traded for faith, and this faith is invested in a small few who are deemed authorities by uncritical, bureaucratic, and unchallenged criteria. This investment is at the whims of the small few we hope are unswayed by politics, ego, and celebrity.
The issue is with no skeptical method of review – without science – we’ve traded in being safe for feeling safe. And when our small few purveyors of science faith are motivated by generating and maintaining fear, we then are dependent upon their guidance in perpetuity.
I don’t like this.