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Scientific Method
by Vincent Barry

D’ja see see the news item about the Texan in their 30s who wanted to see if the virus was real? A budding scientist y’cud call 'm.  Oh, I know, I know, “their” is ungrammatical, but, frankly, the clip doesn’t say whether “their” was a wannabe Madame Curie who, y’know, harmful radiations left with leukemia? Or a Galileo Galilei, whose telescopic viewing of the sun left him blind? Only that “they” attended a party thrown by somebody diagnosed with COVID-19. The thought, hypothesis really, was, according to the Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, “to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected.” You know, hypothesis, test . . . . Just before the patient died, “they looked at their nurse and said, 'I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.’” Hmm, modification of hypothesis. Scientific method.