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Idiotae non carborundum

Posted on 2014/07/01

Common slang advice for coping with nincompoops is the pseudo-Latin phrase, “Illegitimi non carborundum” — “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. But I grew up in Australia, where a common affectionate greeting to a friend ran, “How are ya, ya old bastard?”. I have no friendly feelings at all for those who parrot shibboleths […]

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Posted in conflicts of interest, consensus, funding research, global warming, media flaws, politics and science, science is not truth, science policy, scientific culture, unwarranted dogmatism in science | 2 Comments »

Media malpractice: Misleading is worse than lying

Posted on 2014/04/06

That misleading is far worse and more reprehensible than “white lies” is nicely argued by mathematician Paul Halmos (I Want to Be a Mathematician, Springer Verlag, 1985, pp. 113-14). One of the worst ways to mislead, because it is undetectable by people not informed by quite specialized and specific knowledge, is the omission of significant […]

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Posted in consensus, denialism, media flaws, medical practices, peer review | 2 Comments »

Beyond Belief: Deadly vaccines for Africa and Asia

Posted on 2013/05/12

Here’s what’s known about Gardasil and Cervarix (see Deadly vaccines): 1. There’s no good evidence that they do anyone any good 2. There’s proof that they harm some people, at times even fatally What then would one expect the manufacturers to do: Withdraw the vaccines? Of course not. They would find a way to sell […]

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Posted in medical practices, science is not truth | 34 Comments »

Fake, deceptive, predatory Science Journals and Conferences

Posted on 2013/04/20

Over the last several years I’ve been mildly amused at receiving invitations to conferences, to submit journal articles, to guest-edit theme issues of journals, to write e-books, and even to become editor of new journals. I’ve been mildly amused because I’ve been retired from my university for a dozen years, which is obvious from my […]

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Posted in funding research, science is not truth, science policy, scientists are human | 3 Comments »

Deadly vaccines

Posted on 2013/04/17

Much of what’s wrong with current medical practices and purported medical science is encapsulated in the Gardasil (and Cervarix) story. An entrepreneurial scientist finds that several strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are “associated” with cervical cancer and with genital warts. Obviously, therefore, there’s money to be made by producing a vaccine against HPV. Forget […]

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