The world has been turned upside down. Our social structure is a mess and our “best minds” are baffled by COVID-19 — but won’t admit it.
The Cambridge Dictionary on-line describes science as “(knowledge from) the careful study of the structure and behavior of the physical world, especially by watching, measuring, and doing experiments, and the development of theories to describe the result of these activities:” Note the absence of the the word “absolute.”
Too many have come to believe and accept that simply saying something is true because of the science makes it unchallengeable. However, even renowned brilliant scientists have been proven wrong. For example, Edwin Hubble disputed (disproved) Einstein’s theory that the universe is stable. [See https://www.space.com/31055-removing-cosmological-constant-was-the-blunder.htmlhttps://www.space.com/31055-removing-cosmological-constant-was-the-blunder.html]
Perhaps we simply don’t deal well with unknowns.
Assertively saying something “is science” only implies credibility but does NOT make an absolute. Science is based on theories which are and should be constantly challenged. However, to a great extent, human adults crave absolutes just as children crave structure. Those of us with multiple sclerosis should know this better than many. The cause of and treatment for MS are still unknown and being studied. There are more than 20 treatments currently available and accepted that range from stem cell replacement to steroids to chemical compounds. [See https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Treating-MS/Medications] Not knowing the cause and not having a cure is frustrating!
Being fearful of disease is understandable but standing still is imprudent. Why accept absolutes? The sad reality of human nature is the misguided can easily be turned into lemmings rushing to the edge of the cliff and diving into the ocean because someone they believed to be an “authority” told them to do it.
Life is too precious to squander. Live to full capacity. Continually search for truth and challenge absolutes. Consider opposing views before diving off the cliff.
To date, perhaps the only unchallengeable scientific fact is physical death.