Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it
— Lloyd Chambers
Scientists are human beings. Human beings have agendas and biases. Science is a long, slow process full of false premises and false findings that eventually gets close to the truth.
“Trust the science” is a mantra for the gullible promulgated by the dishonest. Quoted when the science is unsupported by evidence, it is a red flag that tells you the science is bullshit. No one uses such twaddle when the evidence is robust.
U.S. scientist Dr. Peter Daszak, president of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, led an endeavor in February 2020 to stop ideas that the CCP virus might have spread due to an accidental escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Daszak had written an article published in The Lancet medical journal, castigating ideas or suspicions that the novel virus might not be of natural origin.
The article was written before any rigorous research on the origins of the virus was conducted.
“We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” reads the article.
... But last Friday, his spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that his widely cited statement, which was used to trample over differing points of view, was utilized to protect Chinese scientists from online criticism.
WIND: what kind of “science” condemns an idea as a conspiracy theory before meaningful research is done? The kind when a scientist becomes a propaganda orifice—and the motivation is irrelevant.
And once again, The Lancet is a forum legitimizing anti-science. Opinions are not science, assertions are not science. See the quote at top.