A University of Pennsylvania Medical Student Sent me this Anonymous Note During the Pandemic
The Schools Policy was Anti-Science, Anti-Evidence, and unethical
During the pandemic, I received hundreds, perhaps thousands of notes, this was one of them from an anonymous med student at UPenn. It is similar to dozens of others.
Let me outline some lessons
Universities failed to host debates. They held ~0 debates on school closure, lockdown, beach closure, masking toddlers, boosting young men even though that was harmful, etc. They capitulated to societal fear, and worried constantly about upsetting their donors. They largely failed to uphold their portion of the social contract. If I were a politician, I would gradually withdraw their tax exemptions and drain their endowments.
Students at universities were forced to get dose after dose of a vaccine that had no efficacy data in people who had COVID. A young man suffered net harm from boosters— given the 1 in 10k risk of myocarditis. Universities worked too closely with the Biden administration to uphold unethical, non-evidence based mandates.
Students were scared to speak freely b/c they worried their careers would be ruined. The UPenn community is not one that fosters intellectual freedom or diversity of thought. Honestly, given their recent press releases, it is clear that licensing patents to corporations (Novartis/ CART) is the primary goal— even though they are so stupid that they lost out on massive revenue and frankly accepted a bad deal.
Universities and journals will die in the next 50 years. Substack and podcasts will destroy them. They are too close minded and fearful of cancellation.
The student’s letter is excellent.