Our friend Brian Keating, the world-renowned physicist at UC San Diego, interviewed Ben Shapiro for Dr. Keating’s podcast, “Into the Impossible.” Shapiro introduces a new and helpful word — or at least a word that was new to me — “ultracrepidarianism.” It means “noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise.” This is essentially the larger category of error to which a more familiar word, scientism, belongs. Scientism is what happens when scientists (or doctors, one might add) “give advice outside their area of expertise.” It’s an invitation to authoritarianism, trampling democracy because Science (or Whatever) Says, which is why Shapiro brings it up.No, experts are NOT talking about subjects they don't know. EXPERTS ARE MISUSING THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO GIVE INTENTIONALLY WRONG ADVICE. Fauci is a real expert. Before 2020 he was giving correct advice, following real medicine and real public health. In March 2020 he flipped the entire profession backwards. All of the CDC/Fauci advice is PRECISELY WRONG by the standards of medicine. The underlying pattern is our perpetual and endless WarOns. Parkinson tells us that bureaucracies create and maintain problems. An ever-increasing problem means an ever-increasing budget. An ended war or a solved problem means that the budget must be cut or the agency deleted. 1920 gave us the War On Alcohol, which created more alcohol and more drunkards. 1950 gave us the War On Commies, which created more commies by direct FBI action and by rebellion. 1965 brought the War On Poverty, which slammed urban blacks down from their relative prosperity and highly skilled jobs into helpless poverty. 1975 started the War On Carbon, which has given us more coal power and more floods and more air pollution. 1980 brought the War On Drugs (after an earlier half-start in the '60s.) The War On Drugs distributed crack in the ghettoes and oxycontin in Appalachia. 2001, of course, was the War On Islamic Terror, with CIA and FBI working together to turn alienated Muslims into "terrorists". And now we have the War On Virus, which takes every conceivable step to eliminate immunity and maintain an epidemic forever. Simple rule: War On X makes more X. In each of these WarOns, real experts were bribed or blackmailed into using their expertise AGAINST their normal goals. In our foreign WarOns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military carefully avoids taking any steps that could end the war. A nonexpert might accidentally cause peace. In the War On Virus, Public Health Demons know everything about viruses and immunity, and use their expert knowledge to STOP immunity and maintain the virus forever. Shapiro thinks that experts are acting outside of their knowledge. NO. When you are giving INEXPERT advice, you might accidentally solve a problem by common sense and intuition. Only a true expert knows how to UNSOLVE a problem or UNCURE a disease. = = = = = Later: If guilds still functioned properly, WarOns would be harder to accomplish. These experts are BETRAYING their guild, CORRUPTING the intellectual property of the guild, DESTROYING the value of the painfully developed skills and talents of the guild. Soldiers are supposed to win a winnable war, not design and implement an unwinnable war. Scientists are supposed to solve problems, not UNsolve problems. Doctors are supposed to cure diseases, not UNcure diseases. Police are supposed to ARREST gangsters, not AID gangsters. In each case we have turned the definition backwards. We now say that a cop who arrests criminals is betraying his badge. We say that a doctor who tries to arrest a virus with Ivermectin instead of aiding the virus with muzzles and lockdowns is betraying medicine. We say that a soldier who refuses to fight a pointless unwinnable war is deserting.
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