Viruses of the Mind
While dealing with COVID19 we must also consider a more serious and pernicious type of pathogen. Viruses of the mind appear to be a more serious long-term problem in the world today. We must honor the distinction between theoretical and practical reason.
Professional data scientists must be able to distinguish unchanging principles from policies that may change according to circumstances exposed by real-time data. The professional is aware of cognitive and confirmation biases and follows processes to avoid or mitigate: emotions, politics, ideology, personal hatreds, and agency conflicts.
The professional has an open mind and deals in objective reality based on strong evidence and high quality data.
Beware of defending theories that masquerades as reality in untrained and undisciplined minds.