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[Art.] Should we believe in science?

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The technical and scientific advances of the last two centuries are astounding; some consider that complex inventions have, however, led us away from simple solutions.

Contemporary science aspires to make all doubt disappear, nothing escapes it. Doesn’t it risk freezing into a hypertrophy of certainty?

While in its modern beginnings of the great Enlightenment, it defended the values of freedom and open knowledge, it has lost its way in classifications and catalogs, excessive limitations.

Like the universe, our binary-built brains are always “educated” in ant mode, forsaking the cicada mode, from infancy to retirement. The good and competitive students will reach the rewards and apparent glories of Modern Times.

The concrete, the palpable… science is today accused of being enslaved, at the bedside of the quantitative and the only profit, an ethics placed under the aegis of profitability and power. The example of the atom and the H-bomb is a heartbreaking example.

In addition to enslavement, science has been weakened and tainted by recurrent fraud, rigging and manipulation (1) (Science & Vie – May 2019: When scientists cheat…). Recently, the scientific Mecca – The Lancet – has modestly distanced itself from its own publications on hydroxychloroquine. That study concluded that Covid-19 patients who received the drug died at higher rates and experienced more heart complications than other patients infected with the virus. However, the hospital data provided by “Surgisphere” (2) on nearly 15’000 patients never existed…

We could develop the disasters of Mediator (3), on the market between 1976-2009 and other pharmaceutical specialties, but the benefit – risk is minimal: 2 billion euros of cash against 180 million euros for the victims (fine 2.7 M€). The number of deaths? The figures vary between 3 and 2000! (4)

Ethical laws appear outdated, science opens the door to superhumans; governments ratify bioethical laws (5) making human-animal embryos possible.

A certain official dialectic not free of conflicts of interest gravitates around science, which is reproached for being openly closer every day to the global Inquisition.

The blind belief in science gives some people enough strength to despise all ethics and maintain falsehood. In order to claim to impose knowledge, contemporary science should demonstrate that all beliefs are respectable, especially its own. A humanistic science would be honored to deliver health, peace, balance, freedom… however, we deplore that the inner and deep development of humanity is not on the agenda.

As long as science has not delivered all the secrets of Life, can we allow ourselves to think that it is nothing more than a belief?

Bruno Tourniaire, september 27 2021.

Source :

(1) Science & Vie

(2) The Guardian

(3) Le Monde

(4) 20 Minutes

(5) Le Telegramme

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