Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cognitive Dissonance Trilogy

The Lancet retracts a 1998 research paper linking childhood vaccines with autism, finding Dr. Andrew Wakefield - the original researcher - to have been deceptive and guilty of ethical violations. Jim Moody, a director of SafeMinds, a parents’ group that advances the notion the vaccines cause autism, said the retraction would strengthen Dr. Wakefield’s credibility with many parents.“Attacking scientists and attacking doctors is dangerous,” he said. “This is about suppressing research, and it will fuel the controversy by bringing it all up again.”

Dayan Fisher's segulah for difficult births doesn't work. If it had, it would have (supposedly) endangered the baby. That it didn't work proves that it is a miracle!

Man emphatically states that he isn't the messiah. Followers claim that "only the true Messiah denies his divinity!"

1 comment:

G*3 said...

I saw the article-retraction story on teh news yesterday, along with statements by anti-vaccine groups that boiled down to, "this makes no difference, vaccines are responsible for autism," complete with anecdotes from the parents of autisitic children attesting that their child developed autism shortly after getting vaccinated (which is clearly post-hoc-ergo-propter hoc).

It is amazing how, once people get an idea, they are extremely reluctant to let it go.