skepticism

Mahlon Hoagland: 1921-2009

September 25, 2009
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He worked with James Watson and Francis Crick. He discovered transfer RNA and amino acid activation. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. His name was Mahlon Hoagland, he passed away last week, and you have never heard of him. I had never heard of him until a series of unlikely circumstances brought us […]

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Thinking About Rethinking Autism

June 17, 2009

“Autism. It’s all over the media. The conversation is focused on causation and cure. It’s time to change the conversation toward hope, support, respect and understanding. The facts are not sexy. So, we got someone who is to explain them.” Using a hot babe to direct attention to autism issues is a stroke of genius. […]

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Singh for Your Science

June 5, 2009

Simon Singh, British author of Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, and Big Bang, is being sued by the British Chiropractic Association for daring to suggest that there is no evidence supporting the use of chiropractic to treat childhood conditions. He is, of course, correct. Chiropractic is utter bullshit with no theoretical framework to support […]

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Don’t Listen to Jenny McCarthy

May 15, 2009

Oprah Winfrey (I won’t refer to her by just “Oprah;” one-name status is reserved for Dylan, Miles, Stravinsky, Joyce, and others who will be remembered by history.) has chosen to sign Jenny McCarthy for a talk show deal. It’s not something that anyone should care about — after all, what’s another show in the vast […]

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Correlation is not Causation

February 12, 2009

I can’t say it any better than Kathleen Seidel at Neurodiversity Weblog: This morning, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Office of Special Masters released decisions in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) claims, Cedillo v. HHS (Case No. 98-916V), Hazlehurst v. HHS (Case No. 03-654V) and Snyder v. HHS (Case No. 01-162V), the first […]

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Irresponsible, Criminal Behavior

February 9, 2009

I have written previously about the nonexistent link between vaccinations and autism, and the harm that has been caused by the acceptance of this variety of magical thinking. Yesterday, the Times of London reported the results of an investigation into the data collection and record keeping of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the researcher responsible for publicizing […]

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What’s the Harm?

January 16, 2009

As a parent of a child with Asperger’s syndrome, I pay particular attention to the debate over whether vaccinations cause autism – an issue that has been settled scientifically time and time again.  (Short answer: Vaccines don’t cause autism.) The debate is emotionally charged – what parent wouldn’t want to find a root cause for […]

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