The phrase “trust the science” is one of the most unscientific things you can say. Science is based on skepticism and rigorous testing and retesting. Not “trust”.

There is a phrase I’m sure you have heard over and over again the past year. Whether it was regarding mask usage, the importance of lockdowns, or now with the vaccine, the phrase you can’t escape is “trust the science”.

This phrase is spewed constantly in the mainstream media, from so-called experts and all over social media. The purpose of course is to allay people’s fears that these new and unproven theories are in fact, proven. They do this by trying to claim that everything they want you to believe is already settled science, and now you must simply trust the science.

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The problem here is that science and the scientific method is not based on trust at all. In fact, trust is the antithesis of the scientific method. The scientific method is based on skepticism, or the suspension of belief.

The scientific method is based on one throwing out all preconceived notions and simply going where the real data leads them.

But sadly, over the past year we have seen experts do the exact opposite. There were no studies to suggest lockdowns work, yet the experts had already made up their mind, so they told us to trust the science. If you disagreed, you were labeled a “science denier”. An insane irony considering the exact opposite has been true. Those pushing for unproven lockdowns were the true science deniers. They invented what they wanted to be true then manipulated the data to support their claims. It was the opposite of the scientific method.

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