WILL CAIN (HOST): The world at large seems to be losing its mind. But I can promise you there is a silent majority of people out there that don't want to look at the world through a racial prism. A silent majority of people out there who don't think you should force shots into your neighbor's arm. A silent majority of people out there that realize with increasing frequency that they're surrounded by lies, they're surrounded by the pseudo-reality. And there's a growing number of people out there thirsty for the truth, thirsty for the pursuit of the truth, an honest conversation. There's a growing number of people out there that want to find a positive, free way forward in this world. And when you meet them, invite them into our community here on The Will Cain Podcast.
Speaking of that, story No. 1: I love rays of hope. I love silver linings, and I love when they come from unexpected places. Sanity broke through this week in the world of the NBA. A few years ago when my now-colleague Laura Ingram said that LeBron James should shut up and dribble, I disagreed with her on my Will Cain Show – then on ESPN. I got what Laura was getting at that people should largely stick to their expertise, that fame isn't accompanied by celebrity, isn't accompanied by any sense of credibility. I get that. LeBron James is a world-class basketball player, a historically world-class basketball player, but that gives him no special insight on politics. But I don't want to shut the door on sanity, reason, intelligence, and education on any one particular group of people, on any one particular profession.
And in fact, if there's anything that I've come to believe over the past two years, it's that expertise is a hollow badge. Degrees confer no measure of respect for me anymore. Wealth certainly is about as interesting as your fashion choices. And even and I know this is going to sound odd, but even to some extent, your lifetime of accomplishments doesn't grant you, in my mind, a huge amount of deference, a huge amount of credibility. I want to hear what you're saying. I want to judge the quality of your words. I want to measure the weight of your thoughts. And I don't care. I don't care if that comes from a car mechanic. I don't care if that comes from a rancher. I don't care if that comes from an M.D. I want to hear what you have to say and the work that you've put in in your unique insight as an individual. I've seen every single profession, specifically those that seem to demand the greatest amount of deference and credibility, be entirely captured by groupthink.
I want to know quite honestly, and I'm sure there are some M.D.s in my listening audience, I want to know what's happened to the medical profession. I want to know how one entire group of people that we respect as a society and that I respect as individuals can be so captured. I think and I say this really honestly, with a heavy level of humility captured by a propagandist mindset, you know, an authoritarian bent. Just do what I say, plebe. Quit asking questions, fall in line with Big Pharma. I'm not talking about all doctors, and I think that you know that I apply this standard of individualism to everyone. But look at the words and look at the policies and look at the press releases from the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organizations for psychologists, for pharmacists, and do just a bit of digging on what they think about gender fluidity, about whether or not men can get pregnant, about whether or not ivermectin should be sold. And I think you'll return to the idea that any particular group of people can be captured. Expertise can be captured. And I think that's happened in our medical profession.
CAIN: Listen to that from Jonathan Isaac. That is intelligent. That is educated. But more importantly, that's speaking with a level of moral clarity that very few in that press pool could hope to even understand, much less match. Jonathan Isaac knows what he's talking about. Jonathan Isaac is telling the truth in his conclusion in the end is simply that he wants to make choices as to what medicine he puts in his body and allow you to make choices about what medicine you put in your body. And it is absolutely jaw-dropping that in 2021, that is a radical position. In response to Jonathan Isaac's answer, the sports world felt compelled to illustrate to the rest of us the meaning of the Dunning Kruger effect. The Dunning Kruger effect is a psychological principle that essentially holds that the dumbest among us think that they're the smartest amongst us and that with critical thinking and intelligence comes some level of humility. And then, almost paradoxically, the smartest among us end up thinking maybe they're not all that smart. And the sports world is certainly among the dumbest among us. Once again, if I have to insert these parentheses just to cross every T and dot every I, we will judge everyone, including many of my friends and many of my former colleagues, and many of my current colleagues in the sports world, and judge them as individuals. Trust me, there are silver linings, there are beacons of hope, there are critical thinkers, and there is sanity in the world of sports. But the vast majority think they are way smarter than they actually are.