I get really tired of the arrogance of some scientists. This modern priesthood (the keepers of secret wisdom) is just as full of people who make mistakes, who do dumb things and are just as political as any ancient spectre-waving counterparts.
The current swine flu has given us an example of how the modern priesthood is just as happy to stick its head in the sand over a new idea as any from the Inquisition.
Adrian Gibbs, an Australian scientist formerly of the Australian National University and part of the team that created Tamiflu has put out the theory that the Swine flu virus (a mix three different strains of influenza from pigs, humans and birds) may have been made in a labratory and accidently released.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) were very quick to put out a press release stating they’ve investigated and see no reason to think that the virus hadn’t evolved naturally. This was only two days after Andrian Gibbs release. Is two days really enough time to investigate such serious claims?
Only in 2001 a labratory mistake lead to the killing of six million animals after a foot and mouth. As it’s happened before time and time again should such claims as Dr Gibbs are making be just brushed aside with such cusory investigations?
It smells of shere arrogance and political spin doctoring for such an organisation as WHO to come out with such statements. The fear modern priesthood covering its collective posteriors once again?