What impulse control?
- Jan 30, 2021
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You are being too gentle by even giving credit to hubris or stupidity. It's all 100% money or politics, but... politics is money, so, yeah, money. Most don't care what happens after their moment of fame. They will be a footnote or dead. But if they can make thousands or millions for saying something now, well, yeah, there they go.The author of this piece is something of a hired gun for libertarian anti-mask, anti-vaccine passport, and anti-closure groups having served as an expert witness for Florida's anti-mask/anti-closure stance as well as for a group challenging Manitoba's covid restrictions. He was also an advocate for the largely discredited and never widely accepted herd immunity idea. You can always find "experts" who will support fringe positions - some are probably motivated by political ideology, some by hubris, some by money, and others may be just stupid (a PhD or MD is no guarantee to the contrary IME).
When I worked on research on heavy metals contamination in urban soils the lead industry had a collection of pet experts they trotted out to attack researchers and research indicating that the dangers, especially for infants and pre-school age children, were understated. They were particularly vicious in their attacks on Dr. Herbert Needleman*. Time and further research has vindicated Needleman's work but there have been no mea culpas from the lead industries captive scientists. If there is a hell I trust there is a special place for them.
*These were not collegial academic disagreements, they were out to ruin him.