Zika, HIV: the abstract vs. the concrete in the pursuit of logic
By Jon Rappoport
Here’s a quick contemporary analysis of causation: the Zika virus. In a nutshell, Brazilian researchers, working at “ground zero of the purported microcephaly (birth defect) outbreak,” declared Zika to be the cause. However, they admitted—before they cut off all communication on the subject—that traces of Zika could only be found in roughly 15% of babies with microcephaly. This correlation was astonishingly weak.
No matter what version of cause and effect you might favor, there is no way under the sun you can conclude that Zika causes microcephaly, when it can’t be found in 85% of cases.
Any honest researcher will tell you this is a reason to reject Zika as the cause and go back to the drawing board.
But that hasn’t happened. In fact, several groups are conducting studies on a Zika vaccine. They’re plunging forward.
One of these candidate-vaccines delivers synthesized genes into the body…where the genes…permanently alter the recipient’s DNA.
In this case, lying about causation leads to unbridled tinkering with populations’ genetic structure.
But why should academic philosophers care about that? They’re in their safe world, apart from, what shall we call it, LIFE.