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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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Your point? Being able to build a cathedral (some of the time - their geometry did not always work, which is why one reads repeatedly of vaults collapsing because they were too high for the thickness of the walls) does not mean one is rational, free from superstition, or particularly intelligent.

You do realize that the Egyptians, utter masters of geometry in building, didn't succeed at their first pyramid...right? Not being perfect =/= being stupid.

It's interesting, because I don't remember reading very much about collapsing cathedrals when we were studying the middle ages in art history. Their invention of things like flying buttresses and rib vaults generally led to some extremely sturdy buildings.

And while we're on the subject of collapsing, incompetently built structures, I have two words for you: Twin Towers. Lots of good our modern intelligence did those, huh?

1. If you're referring to the so-called Step Pyramid, of course I know about it. It is not even vaguely relevant to the medieval cathedral builders, nor to the difference between engineering and science.

2. The most prominent cathedral to collapse was Beauvais, in 1248. It had flying buttresses. They didn't always work, nor did the builders who use them necessarily realize their limitations.

3. The Twin Towers stayed up just fine until a bunch of terrorists flew fully loaded airliners into them. Not even vaguely relevant.

No, actually, I'm referring to the BENT pyramid. And I'm not sure how it's not relevant to the idea that building collapses don't make people stupid.

So what you're saying is that anyone who can't always build a building correctly is stupid? By your definition there are an awful lot of stupid people in the world.

There WERE scientific advancements in the middle ages. There were also things like the abolition of slavery and oh yeah, women had rights too. There were books, poetry, art. And again, even science. The concept of zero was introduced in the middle ages. I don't think an opinion based on ignorance and bias is very relevant either. Having religion =/= stupidity and barbarism no matter how much you want to believe it does.

P.S. If the Twin Towers had been built properly to code, they would have been more likely to stand long enough for the fire to be put out. So um, actually I think it's perfectly relevant. And if you still don't think so, Google the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940).

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