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Doctor Propagates COVID Misinformation
[NB – I agree with the author that the condescending attitude of the defenders of the mRNA jabs is infuriating. They tend to dismiss so-called “anti-vaxxers” with easily destroyed strawman arguments. You’ll never see them addressing the peer-reviewed medical studies that demonstrate the many failures of the Covid shot.]
UNM Doctor Douglas Binder has made a complete fool of himself, a mockery of medicine, and a disgrace ofThe Albuquerque Journalin a column claiming vaccines are “the safest” he’s ever seen and can eradicate the COVID virus and end the pandemic — if only you’d go get your jabs.
Citing an unnamed patient, Binder resorted to strawman “human experimentation” and “fifth limb” conspiracies that he would be hard-pressed to find in the30% of Americanswho are skeptical about COVID vaccines.
“Will we grow extra limbs? Will our hair fall out?
Mine has already started to fall out, but I don’t think it was the COVID-19 vaccine that made that happen. And, as of today, no fifth limb. Not yet.”
— Douglas Binder,The Journal, December 6, 2021
It’s this kind of intellectually diminutive head-patting that infuriates so many, and it does more harm than good.
"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment.
"Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts.
"Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"
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