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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog.

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I don't feel it's contradictory, myself. He never tells us we should believe every individual scientist, uncritically. I think the whole point is that while an individual scientist might behave in an ignorant or self-interested fashion, science as a whole is pretty good at recognizing and rejecting those scientists on its own -- that's why traditions like peer review exist. Note that the scientist "we shouldn't trust" is caught before long, and his work is summarily rejected by the fact-based scientific world. That's an important distinction.

Edited at 2010-05-18 05:03 pm (UTC)

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One anecdotal failure, eventually corrected, among huge numbers of apparent successes? Nope, don't feel especially chastized here. Especially given my exact words were the less than sweeping "as a whole is pretty good." If I'd said "is absolutely infallible because the Mighty Hand of Our Almighty God Science" you might've had something there. ;p

Huh, apparently you realized that too. ;)

There is some irony in that the anti vaxxers have that same fear of science, as global warming denialists, and the creation museums.

The systematic dumbing down of the US over the last 50 years hasn't helped either, with a lack of emphasis on science, maths, etc. Some people are trying to bring it back, but that still leaves a 30 year gap, a whole generation, that's been cut off.

And they're exactly the sort who buy into those conspiracy theories.

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