Pure science is like pure religion

The Oconee Enterprise, January 5, 2017:
Dr. David Lewis

Understanding the laws of physics governing our universe stretches the imagination of the world’s best scientists. Yet, some of the greatest mysteries of all, which appear to be unfathomably complex, turn out to be astonishingly simple. It took Albert Einstein, for example, to discover the famous equation E=MC2. Anyone old enough to multiply can understand this simple relationship between energy, mass and the speed of light, which holds the secrets to the awesome power of an atomic bomb.

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The same is true of religion, which many of the world’s scholars have spent their lives studying. It took Jesus, who could outwit the best theologians of his day, to reveal the Golden Rule. People, he said, can obey all that is written in every jot and tittle of the law and prophets by simply treating others, in all things, as we would want to be treated. Even a child can understand that.

To fully understand the complex world we live in with all of its moral and technological challenges, we must grasp the whole of it in simple terms. Pure science, for example, is like pure religion. James, the brother of Jesus, taught that pure religion is just visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping ourselves untainted by the world. From the ancient Temple in Jerusalem to the modern Catholic Church, religious institutions have proven over and over that money can be the root of all evil. Now, our scientific institutions have become equally corrupted by filthy lucre.

Over the past three decades, I’ve watched EPA create policies without any scientific basis, and then support them with data that are unreliable, even fabricated. Similarly, according to national surveys, only a third of parents trust what the CDC publishes. Numbers of parents complaining of severe neurological reactions to the CDC’s expanding pediatric vaccine schedule appear to be rising sharply. And the days when mumps was only a harmless childhood disease that conferred lifetime immunity are gone. Now it causes sterility in post-puberty children and adults who contract it once the temporary protection afforded by MMR vaccine wears off.

Pharmaceutical companies are helping politicians who mandate vaccines get reelected, and sharing their profits with doctors who are paid kickbacks for fully vaccinating their patients despite the increasing risks of devastating adverse reactions. But it’s the treating physicians, and scientists who produce the data upon which physicians rely, who bear the greatest personal responsibility. Like priests in the Catholic Church, they have a moral duty to stop abusing children and reject dirty money. Hopefully, the New Year will bring us the equivalent of Pope Francis, who will drive moneychangers out of our scientific institutions, and provide the pure science we need to improve government policies.

The opinions expressed are those of research microbiologist David L. Lewis, PhD., author of Science for Sale (Skyhorse Publishing, N.Y.)

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David Lewis, Ph.D.

Former U.S. EPA Research Microbiologist

David Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist whose work on public health and environmental issues, as a senior-level Research Microbiologist in EPA’s Office of Research & Development and member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Georgia, has been reported in numerous news articles and documentaries from TIME magazine and Reader’s Digest to National Geographic.

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