AND CALLS REAL SCIENTISTS PSEUDO SCIENTISTS AT THE SAME TIME
By AL Whitney © copyround 2017
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To be a successful propagandist you have to combine enough truth to make people believe your lies. Dr. Atul Gawande did exactly that in 2016 in his commencement address to the graduating class at CALTECH. His propaganda piece also appeared in the June 2016 issue of the New Yorker titled The Mistrust of Science. While his credentials impressed the folks at CALTECH enough to get him an invitation to speak, they pale when you compare them to the credentials of Dr. John Ioannidis who thoroughly researched and proved that our collective mistrust in what is called ‘science’ today needs to increase, not decrease.
Here are a few quotes from Dr. Gawande’s propaganda piece:
But you also hope to accept that nothing is ever completely settled, that all knowledge is just probable knowledge. A contradictory piece of evidence can always emerge.
Many people continue to believe, for instance, despite massive evidence to the contrary, that childhood vaccines cause autism (they do not); that people are safer owning a gun (they are not); that genetically modified crops are harmful (on balance, they have been beneficial); that climate change is not happening (it is).
The sociologist Gordon Gauchat studied U.S. survey data from 1974 to 2010 and found some deeply alarming trends. Despite increasing education levels, the public’s trust in the scientific community has been decreasing.
Of course this makes one wonder who is paying Dr. Gawande to present such eloquent propaganda to a group of young budding scientists. As Dr. David Lewis exposed in his fabulous 2014 book Science for Sale, government, corporations and universities are all involved in the creation of false science for money, which is the exact same conclusion Dr. Ioannidis proved with his extensive meta-data analysis.
From an important article about Dr. John Ioannidis that appeared in the Atlantic Monthly titled Lies, Damn Lies and Medical Science:
Medical research is not especially plagued with wrongness. Other meta-research experts have confirmed that similar issues distort research in all fields of science, from physics to economics (where the highly regarded economists J. Bradford DeLong and Kevin Lang once showed how a remarkably consistent paucity of strong evidence in published economics studies made it unlikely that any of them were right). And needless to say, things only get worse when it comes to the pop expertise that endlessly spews at us from diet, relationship, investment, and parenting gurus and pundits. But we expect more of scientists, and especially of medical scientists, given that we believe we are staking our lives on their results. The public hardly recognizes how bad a bet this is. The medical community itself might still be largely oblivious to the scope of the problem, if Ioannidis hadn’t forced a confrontation when he published his studies in 2005.
To say that [Dr. John] Ioannidis’s work has been embraced would be an understatement. His PLoS Medicine paper [Why Most Published Research Findings are False] is the most downloaded in the journal’s history, and it’s not even Ioannidis’s most-cited work—that would be a paper he published in Nature Genetics on the problems with gene-link studies. Other researchers are eager to work with him: he has published papers with 1,328 different co-authors at 538 institutions in 43 countries, he says. Last year he received, by his estimate, invitations to speak at 1,000 conferences and institutions around the world, and he was accepting an average of about five invitations a month until a case last year of excessive-travel-induced vertigo led him to cut back. Even so, in the weeks before I visited him he had addressed an AIDS conference in San Francisco, the European Society for Clinical Investigation, Harvard’s School of Public Health, and the medical schools at Stanford and Tufts.
Understanding why Gawande has become such a hard core propagandist isn’t too difficult when you look at his bio. He was a so-called “Rhodes Scholar“. Rhodes Scholars are indoctrinated into promoting the agendas of the global elite scum of the earth, which Gawande is obviously doing.
It is important to remember that not all scientists have sold their souls for a few sheckles. There are still some amazing men and woman, like Ioannidis and Lewis, dedicated to the discovery and promotion of real science for the benefit of humanity.