critical thinking

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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