Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.

Do my research? I’ll get right on that. What’s a nine billion dollar CDC research laboratory with the best scientists money can buy got on me and my goggle skills? “Do your own research” is probably the dumbest phrase of the modern era. It’s turned half the US population into walking Dunning Krueger graphs. If you need to do some research, research Dunning Krueger.  

Hat tip: Tim Worstall

3 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    Do my research? I’ll get right on that. What’s a nine billion dollar CDC research laboratory with the best scientists money can buy got on me and my goggle skills? “Do your own research” is probably the dumbest phrase of the modern era. It’s turned half the US population into walking Dunning Krueger graphs. If you need to do some research, research Dunning Krueger.

    What elitist tosh that is and offensive besides

    There is a saying “You need to stand back to see an elephant”

    And although while fine detail maybe revealed when staring down a microscope the rest of your surroundings disappear from view

    An entomologist was studying the behaviour of ants from a colony located between the ties on a railroad track, watching them through a magnifying glass and failed to notice an express train approaching until it ran him over

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  2. Andrei says:

    As a further thought, and I have deliberately split my comments into two, consider the principle of the Jury Trial that lies at the heart of our Justice system

    The people who serve on Juries are not experts in the law, DNA analysis, Ballistics, fingerprints or many of the other aspects they may be presented with as evidence to consider when coming to a verdict

    What they are asked to bring is their common sense in weighing the relative import of all these things in reaching a conclusion as to guilt or otherwise of the accused

    And while not perfect, what man made thing is, this system has proved to be a very robust procedure for many years in determining the truth as to the guilt or otherwise of the accused party

    Here is a curiosity for you

    At agricultural shows you have doubtless encountered the sort of competition where you have to guess the weight of a pig, the winner being the person whose guess is closest to the right answer

    Now here is the curiosity.

    If you tally up all the entries and average them the result will be be in agreement with the actual measured weight

    The more entries the closer the agreement will be

    There is a profound lesson in here

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  3. Tom Hunter says:

    This would be the same CDC that’s changed it’s mind back and forth on masks?

    The same CDC that insisted on a Covid test kit being used that turned out to be useless?

    The same CDC working with scientists like Fauch and Dr Peter Daszak – both whom covered up their funding links with the Wuhan Lab even as the dismissed claims about that and Covid-19 leaking from the lab as “conspiracy theories” – until the emails and other evidence turned up?

    Oh what the hell Ele, read this 2018 piece in the Atlantic about the CDC scandals that “test its ability to respond to outbreaks on the horizon. Don’t worry, they mainly blame Trump.

    Or how about this article in solid Never Trumper (always have to predicate this with people), National Review CDC Failure and Mission Sprawl.

    The nonsensical war on vaping may have tarnished the CDC’s credibility on the eve of a crisis that would require the public to trust policymakers. And when the coronavirus did hit, the CDC only confirmed that it should not be trusted to make important decisions by forbidding private labs from developing tests for COVID-19. The federal agency’s monopoly on testing supplies produced inaccurate tests that had to be discarded en masse.

    The initial testing delay has certainly cost lives. It is also at least partially to blame for the severe quarantine policies that have tipped the American economy into a deep recession — without adequate testing, there was little else for policymakers to do except close the country in the hopes of slowing the disease’s spread.

    But sure. Trust them and don’t think or research for yourself. The main problem these people have now is that via the Internet one can find other medical papers from other national health authorities, research labs and so forth. They’re not the font of 100% credible information any more.

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