I thank Steve Kelly for bringing this to our attention.
We can all either read the abstract of the body of the above paper by Pavel S. Blagov, PhD, of Whitman College, or ignore it in total. Hardly any scientific papers are read, with busy people just skimming the abstracts, if that. Blagov’s paper is deeply offensive. He is shaming people of independent mind and moral courage who do not wear face masks or engage in social distancing. How dare he!
Blagov claims that we who do not wear masks or worry about six feet tend towards dark traits. We obviously don’t care about our fellow humans. Says Blagov, non-compliance with masks and distancing is a signal of “dark traits (esp. psychopathy, meanness, and disinhibition.”) Nowhere does intelligence and skepticism play a role.
Mr. Blagov has obviously never done a deep dive on the science behind SARS-Cov-2 or Covid-19. If he had, he would not have written this paper. Instead, he would have shed his mask and run through the streets of Walla Walla yelling “I’m free! I’m free!” He is however, among those (I am not convinced this is a majority anymore) who have blindly bought into the white lab coat authority matrix. He doesn’t know how to question things, or to use his critical thought processes.
He also commits that logical fallacy brought to our attention by Maarten … argumentum ad lapidem, or Appeal to the Stone. As that works, a person dismisses an opinion (in this case that masks are utter foolishness) as absurd without taking time to tell us exactly why it is absurd. This is so common in our modern era, has it always been so? Use of the term “denier”, as with Covid and Climate Change skeptics, is a good example of argumentum ad lapidem.*
Speaking for myself, I have nothing but sympathy for the poor schmucks who are afraid of something they cannot see, touch, smell or feel. I don’t dislike them, and understand that news and public officials have played on their sense of fear to create this Zombie apocalypse we are witnessing. But what am I to do? Go along with them so they are not offended? I have wondered as the world slowly comes to its senses how much tolerance I am going to have for fear and stupidity. I suppose within family a lot, but outside, in stores and on streets? I simply ignore it all now. I hope I am always able to do so, even as I know that the medical Nazis are just dying to make these stupid rules mandatory for all.
There are a lot of PhDs around. Just as with white lab coats, I do not take those letters as an indication of intelligence or authority. People have to put up substance, and Blagov has not. He likes authority, it seems.
However, let’s pretend he can think properly and reason. I will link him to three sources (kindly given us by Dr. Tim O’Shea, whom I’ve been following since the beginning or this classic psyop).
From the World Health Organization: “the wide use of masks by healthy people … is not supported by current evidence and carries uncertainties and critical risks…. There is no current evidence to make a recommendation for or against their use.”
From Centers for Disease Control: “Currently we are not finding any data that can quantify risk reduction from the use of masks”, a CDC spokesperson told Reuters.”
From the British Medical Journal: “Face masks make breathing more difficult.For people with COPD, face masks are in fact intolerable to wear as they worsen their breathlessness. Moreover, a fraction of carbon dioxide previously exhaled is inhaled at each respiratory cycle.”
It does not get more mainstream.
I am going for a haircut here in a few minutes. A sign on the door says they will take my temperature, and of course, I will have to wear my “This Mask is Useless” mask. The health Nazis just keep pushing and pushing. They seem intent that we not so much buy in, but rather in public show our subservience and compliance. That is all this is about, 2+2=5.
I’ll go on memory here: Towards the end of the book 1984, Winston Smith is convinced that 2+2 really does equal 5. That is after he was tortured. Prior to that time, 2+2=5 was something that people believed in public but wondered about in private. They did not dare question it in public. As with masks, surely everyone who suffers through the long day behind these tools of ignorance wonders now and then … “is this really necessary?” But they do not dare rebel.
Blagov has obviously set his own dignity aside, his own ability to think rationally, and allowed the medical Nazis to own his perceptions.
We had plans to spend our 25th anniversary next month in Juneau. We found out this week that Juneau Airport will not let us leave the building unless we prove that we have tested negative for Covid-19 or have a positive antibody test. Again, they keep pushing. Both of those tests are bogus, and the Covid-19 test is a risk to personal freedom. A (false) positive results in 14-day quarantine, and possible jail time for violation. So we are canceling our reservations. It is too risky. Instead, we will drive somewhere, back to Montana for some hiking and camping. That was how and where we met.
I hope I have permission to reprint the following comment from earlier this week that really made my day, my week, my month. It is from an old Montana blogging acquaintance, Big Swede:
Here’s what else I found regarding state requirements for face masks and other such insults to our intelligence:
What a bunch of psychopaths up there in Montana, right Pavel S. Blagov, PhD? Right? God how I miss my home state sometimes.
* “The name of this fallacy, as I read it, is derived from a famous incident in which Dr. Samuel Johnson claimed to disprove Bishop Berkeley’s immaterialist philosophy (that there are no material objects, only minds and ideas in those minds) by kicking a large stone and asserting, “I refute it thus.””