The Scarlet Number of Neil Ferguson

Neil Furgeson, the British epidemiologist and professor of mathematical biology whose dire models for coronavirus fatalities contributed to the draconian lockdowns under which we now suffer, has stepped down from his position as government advisor on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). He resigned because he was caught violating the unreasonable lockdown he himself recommended.

The Telegraph scooped the story:

The scientist whose advice prompted Boris Johnson to lock down Britain resigned from his Government advisory position on Tuesday night as The Telegraph can reveal he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.

It was Professor Ferguson whose scientific models predicted 2.2 million deaths in the US and 500,000 in the UK, projections that lead Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx to call for the economy-crippling lockdowns that have been imposed here in the land of the free. Similar measures were taken in the UK, where Boris Johnson acted upon the Professor’s expert modeling to impose the rules Ferguson himself violated.

It’s not the scarlet letter that makes the man so notorious, but that scarlet number: 2.2 million! That number put the manic mainstream media into a frenzy and motivated the heads of state of so-called representative governments to destroy entire national economies, ruin small private businesses, and otherwise make mayhem with people’s lives. It also helped to advance the agenda of globalist Malthusians like Bill Gates.

Shortly after publishing his dire warnings that caused the hysterical and dangerous overreactions we are living with, Ferguson drastically downgraded his projections. The infuriating thing is that this is not the Professor’s first go at playing the scientistic chicken little, as some people, including Frederick Forsyth, were pointing out before his recently discovered indiscretion:

He was the genius who, on the issue of swine flu, confidently forecast global deaths at four million. The worldwide total turned out to be 18,500. In 2005, Ferguson said that up to 200 million people could die from bird flu. Between 2003 and 2009, just 282 people died worldwide from the disease.

Forsyth was far from the only one calling out Ferguson.

The Professor’s violation of the outlandish “social distancing rules” he insisted upon makes him a hypocrite whose actions reveal that he does not take very seriously the overblown measures he advised — measures that have positively harmed millions the world over. The Telegraph explains that Professor Ferguson’s adulterous lover “is understood to be in an open marriage with her husband, an academic.” For the uninitiated, “open marriage” is modern speak for a relationship wherein the spouses have no intention of benefitting from the blessing of matrimony we call “fidelity.” One wonders if the other two blessings, “sacrament” and “offspring,” might also be excluded from such an arrangement.

Neil Ferguson profile picture (source and credits)

Given all this “openness,” the adultery wasn’t hypocrisy. François de La Rochefoucauld famously wrote that “Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.” Because there was no veneer of virtue here there could be no tribute of hypocrisy. So, ironically, the real crime of adultery was sinful but not hypocritical, while the fake crime of violating social distancing rules was hypocritical but not itself sinful (and clearly not intrinsece malum!). The hypocrisy stems exclusively from the Professor’s inane recommendations leading to the widespread lockdowns he himself defied.

Dr. John Rao wrote an excellent piece that exposes the unreasonable amounts of trust that policy makers are putting in scientistic ideologues like Ferguson, Fauci, Birx, et alia., experts whose agendas are clearly not advancing the public good but some other purpose. One paragraph is pure gold, and worth citing for its eloquent exposé of the tyranny of the expert currently on macabre display. I give Dr. Rao the last word here:

Our Socratic forbears taught us through their “Seeds of the Logos” that the reasoning man does not have to be an expert in a given field to be able to make a competent judgment regarding whether he is dealing with leaders whose advice he should heed or reject as fraudulent. Frauds demand absolute faith in their claims, treating the confused doubter with contempt for his invincible ignorance. Such imposters may seriously believe that they are omniscient experts. But when they tell young or otherwise healthy persons that they are in the same condition as the weakest of the elderly or the already ill; when they say that in order to protect itself the vast mass of the population has to abandon its livelihood, the well-being of its country, the cultural life of its civilization, and the tools required for its eternal salvation they must be dismissed for what they actually are: quacks.

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The discussion on this subject between James Corbett and James Evan Pilato is also worthy of your attention. For helpful links and to download the show in other formats, please go here: Lockdowns For Thee, Not For Me!