Covid and the Science

Just the News
June 21, 2020

Throughout the pandemic politicians and officials have appealed to data and “the science.” But employing the definite article (“the”) misled us into believing that scientific opinion, like mathematics, is certain, unambiguous, and in monolithic agreement. Writing in Just the News, Michael Fumento documents ten ways that public health officials got “the science” seriously wrong.

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