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Letters, July 11

Verifiable or certifiable?

People move from airport to airport — think Boeing — in airplanes built on aerodynamic principle based on science. Or else you could ride your donkey from place to place.

Persons love their automobiles — think Tesla or Ford — which are designed on principles based on science.

Users constantly tap into their electronic devices — think Apple — tablets, smartphones, Fitbit watches, even Alexa, all created using principles of science.

And what about gun lovers and bomb throwers? Ballistics, atomic fission, arcs of trajectory? Scientific principles, not moral principles.

And that lowly flush toilet — think Thomas Crapper.

Even that humble paper photo calendar attached by magnets to your stainless steel refrigerator door is based on science. Electromagnetism. Photography. Astronomy.

Yet, many users of all these helpful devices proudly debunk science especially when it comes to vaccinations, pandemics, climate issues, etc. Is it only when they like the results of scientific inquiry that they tolerate the work of scientific minds? Would they still like to muzzle Copernicus, Galileo, Mendel, Darwin, Hawking?

They like the science of convenience but not scientific truths. They prefer the aliens of Roswell and the witches of Salem to the due diligence of the CDC, FDA, EPA, AMA, NASA. Are we going to go back to burning witches, crucifying heretics, lynching innocents when we want to ignore inconvenient truths? Verifiable or certifiable?

Let’s look at the scientific method. By definition, it is a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated (something that is taken to be true for the sake of argument and then supported by evidence). Then it is empirically tested to compare the theory to the facts. As more evidence is produced, the theory is modified.

Thus, I conjecture: Donald J. Trump is certifiably insane, verifiable by facts. The evidence is found by reviewing his tweets, his policies, his speeches and even his body language. His supporters, though, perceive him as the new Messiah — or is that only how he perceives himself? The conclusion is that he is unfit to serve as president of the United States. Remove him. He’s a danger to this country.

Rochelle Newman


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