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Coronary vaccines: science and myths

Atle Møen
Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen
CHRONICLE: Science has made rapid progress in producing a vaccine against Covid-19. But can vaccine programs be based on active consent and autonomous choice by citizens? And does scientific rationality now go hand in hand with creative forms of irrationality?

Scientific technology has developed a vaccine that can most likely mean that we are ahead of the onset at the end of the pandemic, by achieving herd immunity by 60-70% taking the vaccine, something that will happen in about six months. Once again, scientific civilization has made great strides.

But what about human autonomy? Is it possible to base vaccination programs on free informed consent (New Time January 1st)? This means realizing the Enlightenment mindset's two equal ideas, about, firstly, the fundamental choice of adult and autonomous citizens to be vaccinated, and secondly, rational control over nature through the vaccine.

Scientific knowledge

But what appears to be the success of vaccines can lead to vaccine coercion, new forms of surveillance, and either blind submission to scientific knowledge, or equally blind opposition to the new vaccine technology. Every single choice about vaccination also entails a responsibility and others, and in a complex information society, both perspectives on the vaccine, the scientific and the conspiratorial are just a keystroke away.

The healthy and rational skepticism, the active trust and the practical wisdom, which must form the basis for the choice to take the vaccine, are difficult to realize within the current pharmaceutical and biopolitical regime. Is it therefore the case that the new vaccine technology can only be implemented within a totalitarian society? Is China in this way the society of the future? Do we now clearly see this built-in contradiction in the Enlightenment thought – between rational science and autonomous choices?

The intensive exploitation and exploitation of nature, Freud saw as a sublime drive for aggression.

And it is precisely the same scientific technology that has contributed. . .

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