SCIENCE is, above all, about being open-minded – which crucially consists of being open to the chance that the presently trendy scientific ‘knowledge’ is at greatest incomplete, and in some circumstances simply plain incorrect. So the notion of ‘the information’ to which Angela Topham refers in her latest letter (‘Will need to have information’, SNJ, Could 27) isn’t almost as simple as she appears to imagine.
Ms Topham criticises Karin Jarman’s earlier letter on the coronavirus, seeming sure that she has possession of ‘the reality’ on the C-virus, and that anybody who dares to deviate from this ‘reality’ is, ipso facto, the purveyor of pretend information and ‘nonsense’ (her derisory time period).
Personally, what I discover much more scary than so-called ‘pretend information’ is the vanity of a totalitarian scientific worldview that needs to silence any perspective that doesn’t slot in with its present ‘regime of reality’. For such an angle is antithetical to, and a grave menace to, the free society most of us maintain so expensive – and likewise, paradoxically, it’s about as unscientific as one can get.
The SNJ group as soon as once more deserves our thanks for permitting totally different viewpoints to be expressed, and to not kowtow to the trendy political correctness that presently prevails. It’s a part of a wholesome cultural life that diverging viewpoints are heard and revealed – together with these of Angela Topham – as long as they’re provided respectfully and sincerely. Heaven forbid that our native, diversity-loving newspaper begin censoring considerate or provocative contributions from its readers.
Dr Richard Home