Skepticism Today, Skepticism Tomorrow, Skepticism Forever


Apparently the CDC is now suggesting, or preparing to suggest, that vaccinations be spaced further apart in order to reduce the risk of heart inflammation.

You know, the heart inflammation that we’ve been told repeatedly wasn’t any big deal as a side-effect from the vaccinations that are so safe that anyone questioning them is spreading misinformation and has to be shunned or banished, or both.

So safe, in fact, and so important, that a lot of the good people who love us and want us to be happy decided we should lose our jobs if we didn’t take them.  So unbelievably safe and important that we could lose custody of our children if we didn’t get them vaccinated.

Because myocarditis is no biggie, really: mostly just a little heart inflammation that pops up in young men—who aren’t particularly threatened by the virus, but should be willing to get vaccinated anyway because otherwise they might infect elderly and other at-risk populations.  (And lose their jobs and their families.)

It’s critical they get vaccinated, even though we now know that vaccination is no protection against catching, carrying, and transmitting the virus, because Joe Biden himself told us this was a pandemic of the unvaccinated and that everyone has to be vaccinated so they can’t infect the people protected by the safe and important vaccination.

So the CDC is thinking about recommending that these incredibly safe and important vaccinations be given at greater intervals to reduce a risk that they’ve been assuring us is no risk at all.

But remember: it’s still punishable to question the urgent necessity of getting every human being on earth super fully totally vaxxed. Anyone questioning that need is still an unperson that needs to be shamed and ostracized, especially if they drive a truck or have a podcast.

In all fairness, our experts are saying that the science has evolved as more data has come in and they’re adjusting their recommendations appropriately.

Which would of course be entirely acceptable if the same experts weren’t always acting on a principle of infallibility: we are the experts—we are the science!—and you must not question us, ever, because you are not the science.  We are.  Us.  The ones in lab coats.

So the whole thing plays out something like this:

Experts: “This is how things are and you must therefore do this.”

People: “I’m not sure that’s how things are, and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to do that.”

Experts: “WITCH! WITCH!  Burn the heretic!” (etc)

(Six months later.)

Experts: “Actually, that’s not how things are, they’re actually like this, so now you must do this.”

People: “I don’t want to do that, either, and if you were wrong six months ago but called me a witch and heretic anyway, why should I trust you now?”

Experts: “WITCH! WITCH!  Burn the heretic!” (etc)

Ring a bell?

How about fifty years of apocalyptic warnings about the climate, literally none of which have come to pass?

Can we be skeptical about climate alarmism?

In 2008, for example, if you mocked Al Gore’s hysteria about an ice-free Arctic by 2013, you were a bad person for not taking climate change seriously.  It’s 2022 and the Arctic isn’t ice-free.  So if you were skeptical about Al Gore’s claims, you were right, and he was wrong.

But guess what?  He’s still a respected voice for stewardship of the planet, and you’re still a climate denier. You stupid jerk. Al Gore was merely wrong: you, you’re evil.

Did you ever express doubts about the efficacy of masks or lockdowns, only to get shamed for your anti-scientism?

Same story.

You’re a truly awful person.

It happens over and over and over again.

“Our past predictions may have been technically wrong in fact, but they were one-hundred percent correct in the sense of having been mumble mumble something mumble science mumble the children are the future mumble mumble LOOK, A SQUIRREL!

There’s only one time when it’s appropriate to be skeptical: always.

And there’s only one type of claim it’s ever appropriate to be skeptical about: a claim made by a person.

If you stick to those simple rules, you’ll never go wrong.

(But you’ll obviously have to take that with a grain of salt, since it’s coming from me and I’m a person.)