Do Not Trust the Cargo-cult Science

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James E Hanley

“After World War II, Pacific Islanders supposedly made headphones and microphones out of coconut shells and sticks in a futile attempt to call back the U.S. Army’s planes with their unprecedented supply of food and goods. Physicist Richard Feynman used this example to coin the phrase ‘cargo cult science,’ meaning actions that mimic scientific behavior while being at best pseudo-science and at worst religiously cult-like. In this Covid pandemic era, ‘trust the science’ has become a religious invocation used by contemporary cargo-cult scientists to shut down legitimate debate, stigmatize skeptics of (a nonexistent) scientific consensus, and camouflage politically motivated policy changes as gains in scientific knowledge.” (09/13/21)