QUESTION EVERYTHING

QUESTION EVERYTHING

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

By Abir Ballan, MPH

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge” - Thomas Berger

Asking questions is at the heart of science. Science is not an institution and not an authority. Science is never settled. It is forever evolving through conjecture and criticism. Questions form the basis of all scientific inquiry and scientific progress. Without challenging existing concepts - usually held by a majority - there is no new knowledge creation. Censoring dissenting voices eliminates the mechanism of error correction and pushes humanity back into the dark ages. 

From the beginning lockdowns were a questionable public health tool, even described as ‘pro-contagion’ by Professor Ioannidis of Stanford University. As early as June 2020, papers showed that lockdowns and other NPIs had no effect on reducing deaths. We were all aware that lockdowns would have a terrible economic impact and a devastating human toll, especially in the developing world. We went along with this ‘cure’ because we were told it would save lives - it was ne...

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