Thanks to Steve for sharing this particular news item. Once more, we see the evil hand of government in causing and prolonging human suffering – and in killing people. This time, in dealing with the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease.
It was a common theme in science fiction back in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The post-apocalyptic mob lynching the poor, innocent, knowledge-seeking scientists because it was science that created the nuclear weapons and other devices that destroyed the world.
That meme shows its age in our era. For the past two-and-a-half years we have been begged and commanded to “follow the science” and time and time again. Even while it has been demonstrated that “science” has not had anything to do with the Lockdown and the mandates and the so-called vaccines and all the rest of the Pandemic Panic. At least not real science – a rational search for facts and understanding of how creation works. Not real science: rather, “government science.”
Actually, another common SF theme of the era fits in better with the 2020s: how following a collapse of civilization, “science” is turned into a religion and “scientists” into priests – often doubling as rulers (or at least the powers behind the throne) of new “civilizations.” For that is what many people seem to think about “science” in the 21st Century – especially “medical science.”
Steve noted: “This Atlantic article goes to show that even academia is full of fraud, especially when research becomes about money rather than the subject being researched.” We here at TPOL think the word “even” (as in “even academia”) is unnecessary. The Atlantic story reports that supposedly ground-breaking research into the origins and therefore treatment of Alzheimer’s is based on false data and “poor” research. Bluntly, so-called “scientists” and “medical doctors” lied. Worse, their colleagues, including the “peers” reviewing their studies and publications, cooperated to hide these lies – the false data, the unsupported conclusions, the politically-correct justifications and “explanations.”
But even the Atlantic writer (himself an academic, from Ireland) seems to spend a lot of time trying to justify the lies and the unprofessional, unscientific manner in which the Alzheimers research was done. But the moral bankruptcy of academia is clear even in this article.
(Academic dishonesty refers to committing or contributing to dishonest acts by those engaged in teaching, learning, research, and related academic activities, and it applies not just to students, but to everyone in the academic environment. It seems to be even MORE common in state-run tax-funded institutions than in private ones.)
So it makes sense to call it “government science” – a complete non sequitur and yet another example of Lysenkoism – used colloquially to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives.
It seems that this corruption, fraud, double-dealing, insider “research” is something that deserves punishment. How many people died prematurely and suffered needlessly because these pieces of work lied, helped/ignored others in their lies, and displayed all the ethics and morals of a pimp getting the money for a new gold Mercedes?
As to punishment – is the death penalty too much to ask for? Or is it too little? Perhaps the punishment would be to make them live long enough – and in sufficient distress – to understand what they have done to the victims of their corruption.
This immoral behavior is tied directly to government: a lust for government money stolen from taxpayers, and intended to let government goons proclaim how important such funding and therefore their own positions and powers are.