Should we trust science as long as the knowledge it offers the world is based on valid and reliable research? The quick answer is yes and no. It is not wise at all to lean entirely on science for four main reasons.
1. Science may fail, too. It is not a powerful Olympian God (we would say humorously) that does everything perfectly with exceptional precision.
2. We all know that companies, at times, may fund research to prove certain things for their own benefit. In such cases, research may focus on a particular area, and the outcome (though valid) may be misleading, intentionally or unintentionally. Not all people who read it can see the whole picture, and it may not be wise to lean on that outcome entirely.
Suppose product A is good for the heart; thus, people start consuming it. However, another research may have shown that the same product A is not good for the liver. Although the first research is valid, if people focus only on that and don’t know more about product A, they may harm their health. Needless to say, the company that benefits from product A will advertise it as much as it can. Have you not seen often in reality information about new research for a product that, for example, contributes to longevity? After a while, another company with its own benefits does research that shows that the specific product causes a health issue. The whole picture is often missing from the consumer’s side. Therefore, a company can easier mislead them with research that focuses on particular areas.
3. Even if science never failed, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that a researcher has been bribed to hide some outcomes that would damage a company. Lets’ be honest. We don’t live in an ideal world.
4. Even if science never failed, we wouldn’t know for sure if, for example, a product is really healthy. The adverse symptoms may appear ten or twenty years later. Decades may pass until we find out that something is harmful. That may be the case with the controversial topics of cellphones and the radiation they emit, the GMO food, and other products, ingredients, or procedures. After decades, we may find that cellphones are responsible for certain cancers or other diseases, but the damage will have already been done to countless people. The same may happen with GMO food. Who knows? We can never be sure a hundred percent…
We should always keep up with new research. Despite the above reasons, we must rely on science, but not blindly. We humans are thinking creatures, and the logic and common sense should always come first. If something does not sound logical to us, we should give it a second thought, even if all the scientists back it up. Let’s not forget that, years ago, a great scientist, Alice Stewart, found out that cancers to babies were caused by X-rays that pregnant women had received. Sadly, the use of X-rays was abandoned 25 years after her research. All those years, babies kept suffering or losing their lives, although her study was known. For sure, something was wrong in the way the medical system worked at that time.
Another case we should consider is that of swine flu in 1976. This video shows that one of the best journalists of his time in the US uncovered a scandal where serious side effects of a vaccine were known but kept secret. As a result, thousands of people were seriously affected…
Moreover, the 2020 pandemic divided people into two categories: those who supported a vaccine and those who were against it. Although the anti-vaccine movement was criticized harshly, we can’t say it did not have a point. Prominent scientists all over the world warned people of the serious dangers, but also great journalists in every country who did not agree with their government’s orders revealed information about serious side effects in people and much more: information that the media preferred to withhold… The more time passed, the more valuable information came to the surface from people who braved the mass and revealed it. Worth noting also that “The Lancet,” a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal (among the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journals), was one of the many sources that revealed research that showed that vaccinations did not help stop the virus spread. Moreover, too many cases of vaccinated people were revealed that were in serious condition in ICU or died of the virus but their cases were rarely mentioned by the media. That info simply showed that the mandatory vaccination ordered by governments around the world did not make sense. After all, science should never limit people’s freedom to choose the life they want to live under any circumstance. That can happen only where democracy does not exist.
When it also comes to science, we should know whether the therapies developed respect life. Fetal cell lines – cells grown in a laboratory based on aborted fetal cells collected generations ago – are used in testing during research and the development of some vaccines. Although fetus cells may not be part of those vaccines, the fact alone that aborted fetus cells are used in the process makes many people skeptical about the ethics of some companies. That is another thing we should all look at when we discuss science. Is it acceptable to use something unethical to develop a product that will benefit humans?
The conclusion? We should definitely lean on science and be up to date on new research to improve our lives and move forward. However, for the reasons mentioned above, we should also be a little suspicious, and always but always let logic have the final word. Let’s all remember that science serves humanity when it respects life, promotes health, preserves freedom, and improves the world. Otherwise, it serves something else…