Elon Musk Fillets Fauci as Twitter's New Policy Embraces Mistrust of 'The Science'

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Science is changing — on Twitter, at least.

On Wednesday, new CEO Elon Musk continued his shaking of the social site’s Etch A Sketch. He announced a new science policy:



It’s a noted departure from the past. The old policy wasn’t so much a scientific policy as a political one. For quite some time online and elsewhere, Trust the Science™ has appeared to be more of a “You are not allowed to express distrust in the science” dictate. And unfortunately, “the science” has been repeatedly wrong. Also lamentably, not being able to say things that may be — or even are certainly — incorrect isn’t so classically American.

But what is science, anyway? Contemporarily, it seems to be a combination of science and ideology:

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Back to Twitter, Elon took a pointed jab at Dr. Anthony “The Science” Fauci. You may recall a few of America’s highest-paid taxpayer-funded employee’s quotes:

  • A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science…”
  • [I]t’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science.”
  • [P]eople who…criticize me…are actually criticizing science.”

Mr. Musk revealed a personal science policy of his own:

The nature of science, as Elon points out, is the questioning of what we think we know. Twitter’s now making room for that; before, posts were limited to what only one cultural contingent insisted it knew but didn’t. 


And that’s a very good thing for the world. After all, questions provoke answers not yet found. Hopefully, other institutions will follow suit. Some may take longer than others — see “Deftly Defying Reality, California Still Insists COVID Vaccination Protects ‘Everyone Close to You.'”

Science must make room for challenges. There are very real problems in the world that require real science to solve them:



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