“The unfortunate fact is that there is little we can do in the short-term to fight such conspiracy theories. No single article, medical study, or meme exists which can reverse the foundational illogical reasoning which drives people to “know” that vaccines cause autism, that Jews control the world, or that 9/11 was an inside job. To truly believe in such conspiracy theories is to reject logic and reason, for which the only cure is logic and reason, leaving us with a paradoxical equation which is impossible to solve.”
(Ian Hayworth – Townhall) As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe, we have been suffering through a factual drought. Unprecedented events like these force us into uncharted territory, tearing us away from the comfort of instantaneously accessible information….
Fueled by the refusal of many in the political class to admit ignorance, we clamor for answers. How is the virus transmitted? What are the symptoms? Who is to blame? In our quest for knowledge, when the answer “I don’t know” is never welcome, a dangerous entity rushes to fill the void – conspiratorial misinformation.
The so-called “Plandemic” video is a perfect example of the dangers of combining a widespread yearning for information with a widespread lack of objective critical thinking. The video presents discredited research scientist Judy Mikovits as its authority figure, and includes claims that “the virus must have been released from a laboratory environment and could not possibly be naturally-occurring; that using masks and gloves actually makes people more sick; and that closing beaches is “insanity” because of “healing microbes” in the water.” The video was initially shared by “anti-vaccination disinformation peddlers,” but its viewership has expanded dramatically in recent days. Despite efforts by social media giants to curb its spread, the “documentary” continues to receive millions of views as new links and recordings are uploaded.
Update 5/12: Facebook post by Dr. Kat Montgomery – physician (specifically a board-certified pathologist, which includes microbiology and laboratory medicine) with a master’s degree in epidemiology. Dr. Montgomery states: In the last day or two, several friends have shared or posted about a video “documentary” called “Plandemic”. The film depicts now-discredited former researcher Judy Mikovits who shares a plausible-sounding narrative about the current pandemic. The problem here is that nearly all of her scientific statements are demonstrably false.
Kate Jutsam video – Critical thinking. Yes it’s long. Do yourself a favour and watch it anyway. Especially if you watched Plandemic. Time for us as the Church to be the truth we say that we subscribe to.
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