Part of the problem here 👇 is that people no longer understand what journalism is.

The ethics standard is not, “Run the story unless it’s ‘completely negated’.”

The details must be accurate & verified.

There no excuse for the @RollingStone story to still be up anywhere…

🧵
A bigger part of the problem is cognitive dissonance.

Despite being thoroughly debunked, people are still defending the Ivermectin OD article.

Why?

They need to believe it’s true or else their world view falls apart,

Firmly held beliefs can be excruciating to dislodge…
What this moral panic narrative has done is herd people into two camps.

Believe us? You are ‘good & smart’.

Believe them? You are ‘bad & stupid’.

To admit the story was wrong, they’d have to either admit they are bad & stupid and face exile, or reject the false dichotomy
The former is hard because if they were secure enough to ignore being labeled ‘bad and stupid’ they wouldn’t be entrenched in that camp in the first place.

The latter is hard because

1. We’ve made it nightmarish for people to admit they were wrong. We shame & pile on…
2. When they reject the dichotomy, they’re confronted with the reality of what they’ve done to themselves, the people they love, and the world in defense and support of their beliefs.

Guilt and shame are hard to process - especially after being labeled a heretic by your tribe…
So what’s the solution?

As far as I can tell, there are (at least) two things everyone can do:

1. Don’t punch down at people who are trying to climb out of their hole. Instead, hand them a ladder.

2. Build a new - honest - narrative.
(cont.) Reject the ‘good/bad people’ camps and focus on ‘good/bad policies’.

How can you tell what’s good/bad?

Evaluate them based on:

* your values
* what you would’ve done pre-2020.

We are *all* disoriented that 👆is an excellent exercise in rational contextualization.
There’s a reason flu comparisons were deemed verboten from the outset - despite being very similar.

If people already had a frame of reference for managing & tolerating the risk of RVs, it would be much harder to panic and divide them. (But more on this later)…
In short, to help ppl with cognitive dissonance, we can:

-Access our empathy

-Reject division

-Think critically

-Let people change

-Be solution-oriented

-Be honest

Changing minds really is our only way out of this.

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11 Sep
What's the word for an economic system in which the government can artificially restrict a company's (or even an entire sector's) customer base at will?

Because it's not capitalism...
And, yes, we have regulatory oversight: FLSA, FCC, CPSC, EPA, etc... the list of regulatory agencies is extensive.

But what we're facing mass disruption of the most basic market forces using a flimsy justification that crumbles under the most superficial scrutiny...
Does removing people from the economy reduce the transmission of a primarily non-lethal virus? No.

So you can tell me this has been going on for years and there's truth in that...but this is a matter of scope, scale & lack of any reasonable explanation.

It's a paradigm shift.
Read 4 tweets
8 Sep
Yesterday, @Medium informed me via email that they were deleting my account for “elevated risk of potential harm to persons or public health”

The only piece I pub'd there in the last 9mo. was a narrative essay expressing shock at how we’ve treated children - 6w ago...

1/

🧵🪡
And for that thoughtcrime, they are burning my books in the town square.

All my books.

Even the ones on parenting and autism and writing and health.

Medium thinks I am a dangerous dissident in need of silencing...
Understand I wasn’t cited for dispensing medical advice or ‘misinfo’ (which we know means inconvenient truths) like I was when they censored The Curve is Already Flat in April 2002.

This time, it was my opinions and morals that were deemed a risk to people or public health...
Read 16 tweets
5 Sep
If pre-2020, you child’s pediatrician had said,

“Listen…there’s a new vaccine & it decreases your child’s risk from a disease w/ 99.9972% survival rate by .0027%. We also have zero data on long-term side effects (& not much on the short-term either.)”

What’s your reply?
I’ve yet to see anyone say “Sign my kid up!”

And that’s because when we’re thinking rationally, we don’t subject kids to a medical intervention that has almost no benefit and unknown costs.

This is what the precautionary principle *actually* looks like.
Cue all the contrarians saying “Sign my kid up!” 😂
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5 Sep
“Those who insist on refusing the vaccine for no reason…”

I’m going to stop you right there, @RuthMarcus. No one does anything for ‘no reason’. No one.

That’s not how human decision-making works…

Thread 🧵🪡

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
Ppl make the best decisions they can with the information they have at the time.

That includes info you don’t have re: med history, life experiences, values, input of their trusted advisors & countless other factors.

Don’t dismiss ppl’s reasons just b/c you made a diff choice…
And I *could* list some of those reasons here but I won’t - b/c we’re talking about private decisions & you are not moral arbiter of others’ choices.

They don’t owe you an explanation.

And if they did, your own would be equally subject to their scrutiny & criticism.

That’s #1
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4 Sep
What if we allow ourselves to entertain the possibility that the reason schools weren't a primary source of transmission is that kids were exposed & recovered long before we knew Covid was here & developed robust natural immunity, halting transmission...

yahoo.com/news/first-u-c…
And that, like w/ other CVs, adaptive immunity will eventually wane, esp w/o continued exposure.

And that waning immunity doesn't mean they're in danger. They just need to build more adaptive immunity.

Maybe it's time we actually 'listen to the experts'
collateralglobal.org/article/mini-l…
If so, even when it was novel, kids weren't at serious risk from C19 & the symptoms were/are so non-specific, that it could've looked like any other bad cold/flu.

I believe my kids all had it back in Jan 2020 & I've heard countless similar stories...
medium.com/morozko-method…
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2 Sep
Great piece by @edwest.

And this is what I was (clumsily) exploring with my poll about fame v. money the other day - w/o invoking the word "status".

The vast majority of rational ppl reported pref wealth over fame (proxy for social status)...

unherd.com/2021/09/life-i…
Which makes some sense given the rational position on C19 is certainly not the status-seeking, socially-validated one.

At the same time, the final split was so strong that - coupled with some of the comments - I wondered if eschewing status itself may be a status play...
Status has value. Empirically.

Is Rational Twitter

* ignorant or in denial,
* bad at it,
* opting out, or
* are we playing our own internal status game?

I'd love to hear what you think.
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