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Opposition by flawed logic

Posted on: April 26, 2021

There are legitimate reasons for opposing an idea, e.g., being the devil’s advocate so that the idea is better explored.

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One awful reason is opposing a good idea just to stay in power and even though you know better. The video above illustrates how a politician tried to use COVID-19 case numbers and the real-world effectiveness of three vaccines to argue against mass immunisation.

Another example is this ignorant response to how N95 masks work.

On the surface, there seems to be a logic to the numbers. But these belie how N95 masks work (see video below).

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I have cited the video before because it was illuminating. Proper N95 masks work like a layers of spider webs that trap particles. They also electrostatically attract much smaller particles. It is medium-sized particles that tend to pass through, hence the moniker of being 95% effective.

The person who tweeted might also not know that viruses do not travel on their own. In the case of COVID-19, they are in droplets of water that we breath, cough, and sneeze. This makes these particles varied but larger in size.

The good thing about the presence of shared knowledge that is valid and reliable is that we can overcome ignorance. The sad thing is that some choose to wilfully remain ignorant by focusing on flawed logic.

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