Every once in a while, a story comes along that doesn’t just contradict the narrative, but it kicks out the legs on which a narrative rests.
For the last couple of years, for example, we have been browbeaten about two ideas in particular:
1) The Science (capital T, capital S) cannot be questioned. Anything decreed by the experts can and must be accepted as unvarnished truth.
2) Official Sources must be believed. Any minority view, or dissenting opinion which may, from time to time, mistakenly or maliciously deviate from that of Official Sources can and must be dismissed as invalid. Terms like misinformation or disinformation will be applied to them, and whoever dared to speak them will be dealt with accordingly.
This has been absolute Law for the past two years. Anyone who dared to deviate from that law inevitably faced severe consequences.
And then we read something like this:
A rocket launched by Elon Musk’s space exploration company is on course to crash into the Moon and explode.
The Falcon 9 booster was launched in 2015 but after completing its mission, it did not have enough fuel to return towards Earth and instead remained in space.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell told BBC News it will be the first known uncontrolled rocket collision with the Moon.
Since 2015 the rocket has been pulled by different gravitational forces of the Earth, Moon and Sun, making its path somewhat “chaotic”, explains Prof McDowell from the US-based Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
“It’s been dead – just following the laws of gravity.” —BBC
It has all the hallmarks of an official That-Which-Must-Be-Believed story, doesn’t it? It’s from an ‘approved’ media outlet. (It’s hard to get more vanilla than the BBC.) Many other ‘mainstream’ outlets reported the very same event. It’s got ‘science-y’ content, and it has been given the authoritative voice of the expert.
Game. Set. Match.
Nothing left to do but unblinkingly, unflinchingly accept reporting that as though it dropped from the mouth of God Himself. Isn’t that right?
Not so fast.
If someone had missed that story, and only come across the more recent update, they would come away with a very different understanding of the events.
This is from the Guardian, another ‘approved’ source.
A rocket expected to crash into the moon in early March was built by China, not SpaceX, it has emerged.
A rocket will indeed strike the lunar surface on 4 March, but contrary to what had been announced, it was built not by Elon Musk’s company, but by Beijing, experts now say.
Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon
The rocket is now said to be 2014-065B, the booster for the Chang’e 5-T1, launched in 2014 as part of the Chinese space agency’s lunar exploration program.
The surprise announcement was made by astronomer Bill Gray, who first identified the future impact, and admitted his mistake last weekend.
“This (honest mistake) just emphasises the problem with lack of proper tracking of these deep space objects,” tweeted the astronomer Jonathan McDowell, who advocates for greater regulation of space waste. —Guardian
We have telescopes with the ability to see billions of galaxies that are unfathomable distances from Earth, but it still takes several weeks to sort out whose space junk is headed for impact with the Moon.
This guy literally IS the expert… and he questioned himself. Finding out his initial assumptions were incorrect.
But if Psaki, Facebook, and Twitter applies the same rules to this story that they do to Chinavirus reporting, Dr. Gray would be blackballed for making that public retraction of his initial views.
Because science cannot be questioned… and anyone who questions it must be silenced.
Ironically, this astronomer, by amending his earlier declaration, just demonstrated that blind trust in ‘unquestioned science’ is the actual opposite of how science actually works.
It’s an endless process of refining and challenging our basic assumptions about the world around us… discovering where they don’t hold up with reality and replacing them with stronger explanations of the available data.
Isn’t it easier to just let a series of competing ideas flow and let the truth win out?
Wasn’t it Augustine that said, “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”
The men and women who founded America believed in such straightforward statements. Unfortunately, the scoundrels and rogues in positions of power these days have a different view.
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