Another quiet Sunday filled with coach occupation, family video calling and colloquially named ‘chilling’. I did force myself later in the afternoon to go for a run. I did 4.83 km in just over a half an hour which I was surprised and rather pleased with myself. The evening ended with another session of beers and TV. Working on a relationship on a coach is not going to work probably but then what’s left to lose. My sister has been hassling me to watch ‘Money Heist’ a series on Netflix for a while now. It’s good. We watched three episodes in the row. Tried to concentrate on other things after, but couldn’t. Had more beers, overeat again and started binging on ‘The Stranger’ series. A friend of mine has recommended this one to me. Interesting. Watched one episode and called it a day.
The news have reported Boris Johnson returning to duties from Monday. What continues to struck me is the silly questions and concentration of lifting the restrictions and going back to ‘normal’. I feel being stuck between one group of ignorants and untouched by the whole pandemic mellarcy and just sick of all of this and wanting to go to the pub. Then there are media and people that far overreacting on the other side. It’s hard to blame the ordinary laymen as the misinformation is far and wide spread. My advice? Stick only to scientific data! There’s really no excuse.
Like probably already mentioned, an opinion is like an arse, everyone has their own. Some quote this by saying that truth is like an arse. I disagree. I believe there is one truth and hence rational, calm, scientific approach is needed to come close to it. Also as much I love philosophy, that’s another opinion. I am not saying every opinion should be ignored. Absolutely not, but you definitely shouldn’t take it as unconditional truth. Should you base your judgment on peer-reviewed scientific research? In my opinion yes. Unless you are an expert in the field or have knowledge strong enough to find flaws in the research you should stick to it. Firstly, there always needs to be level from which you start a benchmark that will help you navigate through the ocean of information. The second best are well-established media but then you will definitely face mixed opinions and sometimes confusing messages. Media’s job is to report what’s going on around and essentially share others’ opinions. Professional and well-experienced journalists should be better equipped at recognising true stories and accessing leading information and communicate them back to the public. The journalists, however, will more be tempted to share information as sensational or make a story from something quite casual. They should not distort the reality but at the end of the day, we the viewers react emotionally to their reporting. I personally don’t know anyone who would look for further research after hearing it on the news or reading an article in a newspaper or a magazine. Probably why I feel lonely at times.
Opinion brings something else. Sometimes comrehension of data automatically form conclusions. We watch the same (coronavirus is even the subject of trending videos on PornHub!) information, we discuss them in lesser or more degree with family and friends, then we slip. One day we take a shower only to discover that we have a strong opinion on something. We worked it out! Well, our brain did to be precise. Nevertheless, it’s not only scientist that can form conclusions, theories and methods to find the truth. Ancient philosophers, obviously not all of them, came up with ideas without scientific methods, yet still, proven to be true, or close enough centuries later. It happens! The important thing to me is that nobody is 100% right 100% of a time. Sticking to one and only solution, taking for granted only one view, opinion or analysis as the one in quest of establishing the truth is naive and childish. I have noticed that I have used that word number of times over this pandemic. Perhpas because I have a kid or perhaps it shows brilliantly what I really mean. The child doesn’t question the source, or even wants to know the truth. A child is curious. Wants to know why. A child is more likely to take the one and only truth from a teacher they like or even their class mate. If it’s plausible to their comprehension it is true. If you really want to find the truth you need to understand, this is a long journey and usually a life long learning curve. Einstein’s theory of relativity turned out to be true. He seemed to believe in it. I assume he did, because perhaps he wouldn’t publish it otherwise. His theory of special realitivity was published in 1905 and then he has spent 10 more years to work on his theory of relativity. His work not only superseeded 200 years of scientific benchmark created by Issac Newton’s theory of mechanics but also it would take another 100 years until his theory of relativity could be proven true. What is important in the quest of truth to keep learning and keep the mind open. Those scientists that proved Einstein’s theory already knew the basics and other scientific theories. They had intellectual resources to prove it right or rebut it. So the next time you simply looking at statistics remember this:
correlation does not imply causation