The fourth wave reminds us of the difference between truth and science

And what if, rather than a ridiculous spectacle, the small theater of virologists and scientists is an indication of Italian virtue? A small step back, to get to the point. A small step back, necessary, can only start from here: from the gradual entry of our country to the fourth wave of the pandemic. A new phase, unexpected in some ways, is forcing many observers to deal with a painful cultural phenomenon to which The Economist this week devoted a very interesting editorial. The topic is this: Our new nature cannot ignore the fact that unpredictability will continue to drive our lives for a long time. Unpredictability, of course, is a broad concept that relates first and foremost to our economy, our confidence in the future, and our tendency to risk, but it is a concept that, upon closer examination, relates specifically to our relationship with what is today the true thermometer of our existence: science and our relationship with scientists.

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