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The good name of true science, which has transformed the world we live in marvelous ways over the last 200 years, has been hijacked for several decades by politicians seeking to employ science and scientists in support of dubious political goals. They have used their power over grants to universities and their power over federal regulatory agencies and United Nations initiatives to this end. Bogus Science examines a series of scares perpetrated by American politicians in collaboration with the UN over the last fifty years: DDT, acid rain, the "ozone hole" and of course "global warming." These scares have cost the world trillions of dollars and all have been debunked by serious scientists. Author George Melloan argues that protection of the environment is a goal that all rational people share, and the incredible advance of genuine science has brought about great strides in creating a cleaner, healthier, and safer human environment in the course of modern history. But that noble cause has been hijacked by zealots motivated by other impulses, which in the extreme derive from what some social philosophers describe as anti-humanism. "Environmentalist" claims, even when deceptive, are particularly seductive to young people seeking meaning in their lives. And sure enough, zealots have brought their influence to bear on millions of schoolchildren who have been told that their lives will be cut short if they disregard the warnings of modern Pied Pipers. While discussing the power politicians have over science, Melloan looks into the growing scandal in science about a lack of reproducibility of experiments or studies purporting to be "scientific." Real scientists know that if an experiment or a computer model is to be deemed valid, the same methodology employed by other scientists must achieve the same result. The absence of this, often in studies printed in professional journals, is shocking to many scientists. One example of flawed experiments is the great novel coronavirus panic of 2020. It was fanned by dubious data gleaned from a computer model devised by a team at the Imperial College London. It predicted 500,000 deaths in the U.K. and 2 million in the U.S. Looking at that frightening prospect, politicians ordered "lockdowns" that idled much of the global economy and threw millions of people out of work and into social isolation. They have done enormous economic and psychological damage over three months. But now we are finding that the coronavirus was nowhere near as dangerous as forecast by the computer model. And so far, the London team, like the global warming modelers and other scientists, have not revealed its methodology.
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About the Author
George Melloan had a career as a writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal. As a journalist, Melloan has covered everything from the auto industry to international news. He retired from the Journal in 2006. Melloan is the author of three books: The Great Money Binge, Spending Our Way to Socialism (2009, Simon & Schuster), When the New Deal Came to Town (2016, Simon & Schuster), and Free People, Free Markets (2017, Encounter Books). He continues to write op-eds and book reviews for the Journal. His home is in Westfield, N.J.