Well this is exactly it.
@amwassil above said that “You can present all the evidence to the contrary you want. People believe what they want to believe.”
IMHO, this is not the case, at least speaking for myself. I take the view that the precautionary principle ought to be used when encountering a new threat like COVID, and so I support Taiwan’s and New Zealand’s approaches and wish Australia had followed the Kiwis.
However, I readily admit to you all that, if no vaccine is forthcoming, if the world had followed the Swedish approach we might have done a lot better in the long run. BUT:
The trouble is that it’s impossible to know with perfect foresight what will happen. Let’s say a vaccine emerges around Christmas; well then, everyone will say that the Swedes and countries like them made a terrible mistake, and the Kiwis (New Zealanders) were right all along. But suppose we reach August 2021 and all the vaccines and treatments prove ineffective; well then, we’ll come to the conclusion that we need to live with this thing, open up, suppress it to avoid health care system overwhelm, and people will say how very stupid the Kiwis were to eliminate the virus, open up domestically, but keep their borders closed.
The trouble that people like Ivor have is that they’ve become utterly dogmatic. Instead of being guided by the evidence, they pretend that they are guided by the evidence, when they are really just being guided by confirmation bias.
It’s hard to keep your mind open. But that’s what those of us interested in facts must do. Ivor, and others like him, have done the low carb community a great disservice. I am now calling into question a lot of the things I’ve read over the years about cholesterol and saturated fats – and not in a good way. I have no faith that the claims that have been made (eat as many saturates as you want! meat is perfectly fine for you! high LDL is no problem!) are entirely accurate.
Come to think of it, maybe Ivor’s done us a favour. Maybe we all needed a wakeup call, for us to stop being guided by authorities and instead to question the evidence over and over and over again.
The Emperor, it seems, has no clothes. Question everything. Trust no one!