CCP Virus: “The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas And The Efficacy Of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, And Closings”
Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it — Lloyd Chambers. That applies to climate science, COVID-19, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Repudiating rational debate on science is as anti-science as it gets.
I was struck this letter from 105 Stanford doctors attacking Dr Scott Atlas in which they ignore numerous data-based and science-based points that Dr Atlas has made.
This group claims to promote science, but instead repudiates science and reason by making an ad-hominem attack on Dr. Atlas, not addressing or even mentioning a single claim made by Dr Atlas. Not one. The “debate” is all about refusing to debate, and thus as anti-science as it could possibly be.
As infectious diseases physicians and researchers, microbiologist and immunologists, epidemiologists and health policy leaders, we stand united in efforts to develop and promote science-based solutions that advance human health and prevent suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. In this pursuit, we share a commitment to a basic principle derived from the Hippocratic Oath: Primum Non Nocere (First, Do No Harm).
To prevent harm to the public’s health, we also have both a moral and an ethical responsibility to call attention to the falsehoods and misrepresentations of science recently fostered by Dr. Scott Atlas, a former Stanford Medical School colleague and current senior fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Many of his opinions and statements run counter to established science and, by doing so, undermine public-health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy. The preponderance of data, accrued from around the world, currently supports each of the following statements:...
By refusing to look at reality outside a tiny area of their expertise, these doctors are de-facto killing many more people than COVID-19 ever will. Their stunning display of any knowledge of risk assessment across disciplines is prima facie evidence of incompetence to advise anyone.
The interview video which set off this firestorem was censored from YouTube for vague reasons (e.g. political reasons), but it is available below. I watched the video and I was startled at how Dr. Atlas reeled off point after point of data-based and science based concerns about COVID policy, while adding appropriate balance and nuance and context. It was so unlike the dogmatic broken-record crap most of the world hears and believes.
The point is not that everything Dr. Atlas claims is true, the point is that there is so much that badly needs debating that refusing to do so becomes a serious intellectual crime. Shame on those doctors, because the wrong decisions will result in staggering numbers of deaths from COVID policies.
Decide for yourself — watch the video, read the transcript
PLEASE: no correspondence unless you read the ENTIRE transcript and think about each point carefully and have a rational argument to make based on specific points.
Dr Atlas covers so many bases, so many that I’ll bet 99.9% of the public never even thought of most of them. He hits all the nails on the head about how to think about COVID policies, and this is only a tiny sampling:
- Costs vs benefit risk assessment in numerous areas are all strongly in favor of dropping the current policies, with compelling data that far more harm than good is being done.
- The deaths from economic reasons using long-established actuarial tables (the stuff insurance companies use) is already TWICE the deaths from COVID-19 itself—and those are very conservative numbers.
- Stroke and heart attacks are not getting to the emergency room, with huge life consequences for those experiencing them.
- The proper way to evaluate is “life years lost”, not deaths.
- “the most heinous misapplication of public policy in modern America”
Just applying to children and schooling alone:
- Emergency room visits for child abuse are up 35%, and mostly horrific cases.
- The #1 way to detect child abuse is through schools. With schools locked down, this doesn’t happen. Nor do glasses, hearing aids, school lunch, vaccinations.
- Loss of many skills like reading; half of children in some states don’t even login for online learning. This can have long-term consequences for millions of children.
There are so many fact-based and science-based assertions by Dr Atlas that clearly the ONLY thing left for these Stanford doctors to do was to IGNORE every one of numerous valid points—ignore all the facts pretending they do not exist—because they could not possibly debate most of the claims without looking like the idiots. Those doctors are the people you trust with your life to make judgment calls. God help me at Stanford*!
That these feckless Stanford doctors are comfortable with repudiating rational debate should be shocking enough given their credentials. But for them to do so when millions of lives are at stake is just de facto criminal.
It is a stunning display of why medical professionals should NEVER be who decides public policy—that’s the job of our leaders. These medical experts are blind to anything outside their specialty, but this is no surprise indeed it is routine—these “experts” don’t even know a tiny fraction of the field of medicine very well (hence getting handed-off to multiple doctors is commonplace), so to think they are qualified to advise on public policy crossing many fields of medicine, along with economics and social and individual lives and rights—that’s the line of Bad Thinking of children who don’t belong in the discussion.
* At Stanford, I had a superb ex-military surgeon sew up my face after my December 2018 crash, but in March 2018, only incompetent emergency room doctors with respect to my concussion (“you can go back to work in 3 days”)—ignorant quacks. The words “I don’t know” have never come out of a doctor’s mouth to my ears. A license to practice medicine is not a license to make shit up and pretend it is certain.