In post normal science, "science" becomes a performance, a ritual, and an opportunity.

There is precedent for it, as I've wasted decades of my life pointing out.
Performances: The Whitty and Valance comedy show, featuring Boris Johnson. Matt Hancock putting on his serious face and low voice. All of broadcast news media pretending to be journalists.

Ritual: The obedience expected of us as society is shut down.
Opportunity: some are making a killing. Some have been thrust into the limelight. Others have expanded their empires. All on the back of countless bankruptcies, redundancies, unnecessary deaths, foreclosures & evictions...
"Gosh this is terrible. Let's build back better. Sign right there, thank you. You're mine now."
For those that don't know, post normal science is when "facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent".
That's why you get Gretas, Guardians and Greenpeaces giving deadlines [urgency] about the end of civilisation [stakes], "denial" demonology and anti-democracy [values], the precautionary principle [uncertainty] and endless modelling [in lieu of facts].

PNS is typically "hacked".
It changes the premises of "science", such that authority speaks louder than quality. It diminishes science as a process and emphasises science as an institution. It politicises science. It is anti-science.
You can see this in full effect when disobedient *actual* scientists speak out of turn against their institutional superiors.

The full force of the state and the "scientific" institutions and media (including big tech) can be turned against them.

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I'm not sensing the wrongness he claimed to prove. The lockdown sceptic-sceptic is vague, uses the word 'dangerous' in place of demonstrating it, presupposes lockdown's effectiveness.

+ whenever the "it killed a 25 year old" (twice, it seems) argument appears, it's obvious bunk.
His reply to the sceptic talking point of "2017/18 excess winter deaths of 50,000" is "Many of those excess deaths will have been caused by things like circulatory diseases."

Right... Co-morbidities. At ~82. Same as with covid19.

He's messing about.
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Utter, shameful, BS.
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At some point, being very clever became being incapable of listening in good faith.

This makes seemingly very clever people incredibly stupid.

What is the point of such intelligence if it is to mean nothing more than sticking your head up your arse and shouting into the void?
In fact it was institutional science that gave anti-vaxers their biggest ever boost. And it is institutional science which will undermine the *trust* in medicine on which the take up of vaccines is predicated *way* more than the AV movement.
It was institutional science which decided -- abruptly -- that masks were effective, after having insisted for months that they were not.

Much of that evidence was produced by sociologists, without complaint from institutional science.

It is not hard to see the politics in it.
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A government that has just caused millions of redundancies claims it will "create" 460,000 "green jobs".

It is the same promise the Labour and coalition governments made, a decade and more ago.

They didn't happen. And even if they did, they would cause unemployment elsewhere...
The UK will not be "carbon neutral" by 2050.

The government -- all parties, in fact -- have not tested the public's willingness to put up with the policies.

It does not know how much it will cost to reach Net Zero.

It does not know how it will be achieved.
What will happen is that the government will continue to announce new policies in line with emissions-reduction targets. This will cause economic chaos as companies try to find ways to accommodate regulation. Many will go out of business. Skills & trade will be lost.
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Imagine not understanding why a seemingly scientific injunction to suspend democratic norms, reverse and constrain economic growth and limit material freedoms might have "politicized" the issue.

But it's the "deniers" who are "ideological", right?
It's all hidden in the putative equivalence of the link between smoking increasing the incidence of cancer and the effect of CO2 on the atmosphere.

But global warming is not cancer. Global warming is not even a first-order problem, as cancer undoubtedly is.
It's the way, way, way downstream consequences of global warming -- nth-order effects -- which are the alleged problems. They are very far from the scientific "consensus". They are not part of it. Very many of them are political. Some are categorically mystical.
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This fraud, using the *same* data has been going on for a few years now.

We know it's a fraud because you cannot accidentally produce the UN's claim in good faith.
Here is when I spotted the same fraud, a few years ago.…
The New Climate Economy report produced by @NewClimateEcon, which is part of @WorldResources and chaired by Nick Stern is a project that cost the UK taxpayer £millions.
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If there is no such thing as herd immunity, there remains the problem that there may be no such thing as a vaccine.

Indefinite lockdown.

The arguments against both herd immunity and waiting for a vaccine, and against indefinite lockdown should be heard.

He doesn't want to.
He is immune to hearing.

The idea that one doesn't develop immunity to a virus one has overcome seems patently absurd to me.

How does one resist or overcome it, if it is not by virtue of a functioning immune system?

Not by lockdowns, that is for sure.
The claims about cases of secondary infection seem poorly evidenced, far-fetched and anecdotal. And convenient to a power-crazed lunatic's mission, whatever it may be, but which I very much doubt the good faith of.

I'd rather take my chances with the virus than the government.
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