I think I have told this story before, so bear with me. When I was very young, a long time ago now, I became enthralled with science and I began reading Scientific American, which at the time was a very dry technical magazine that to a young man revealed fascinating worlds of fact and technology. I subscribed as a young adult and read it faithfully for many years. The magazine gradually changed its visual style to be more appealing, which was silly, but also changed its writing style to be more informal and sensational and also to be ideological. Today the magazine is a worthless rag that imparts anything but science. It is a fully woke garbage dispenser. I haven’t read it for probably at least 15 or 20 years. It is a disgrace and a shame that this has happened.
So when a reader sent me this piece from the magazine, I wasn’t totally surprised. I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this, because I have repeatedly explained that in fact there is no research that provides any evidence that masks make one bit of difference in the overall community spread of a respiratory pathogen and certainly not for CV-19. Review after review by established medical evidence groups has come to the same conclusion. The one these editors so pathetically attempt to demonize is done by Cochrane, probably the most prestigious medical research analyzers in the world. So we know what the science is. Scientific American is just doing its usual idiotic job of saying what it believes, not what the science is. What is especially revealing is the attempt to minimize the value of randomized clinical trial–the foundation of medical knowledge–and elevate made-up research methods designed solely to get the “right” answer. The unfortunate thing is, the magazine well represents the typical state of official American science–ideology matters not facts and analysis. (SciAm Article)