“We shall be told: what can literature possibly do against the ruthless onslaught of open violence? But let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his METHOD must inexorably choose falsehood as his PRINCIPLE.”
Nathan Geffen has written a very important critique of Tim Noakes’s increasingly wild and conspiratorial claims. Noakes has not only promoted his unproven dietary advice as evidence-based, but portrayed the majority view and criticism of his claims as a “medical hoax”. His vocal supporters on social media tend to be non-scientists who do not cite evidence, but Noakes’s credentials, showing just how irresponsible an abuse of his scientific reputation his unsupported – and now actively dangerous anti-science – claims are. He should be held to account by the scientific and academic community for this betrayal of the trust placed in him and for the damage he is doing to public health and the public understanding of science.