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Tallguywrites: The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Tallguywrites: The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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! 2013 update. I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog. Related:  About Insane Thing

La page de l'islam - La genèse de l'Univers et de la terre selon l'Islam. Ainsi, il semblerait que toute la création était à l'origine compressée en un élément unique, qui a éclaté pour donner naissance à l'Univers; cette notion est exprimée dans le verset suivant du Coran: "Ceux qui ont mécru, n'ont-ils pas vu que les cieux et la terre formaient une masse compacte ? Ensuite Nous les avons séparés et fait de l'eau toute chose vivante. Un autre verset du Coran laisse supposer que l'Univers, depuis sa création, en en perpétuelle expansion, et ses dimensions ne cessent de grandir. "Le ciel, Nous l'avons construit par Notre puissance : et Nous l'étendons [constamment] dans l'immensité." Un passage coranique prédit, qu'à la fin des temps, un phénomène apparemment contraire à celui de la Création aura lieu; en d'autres mots, l'univers sera compressé et anéanti, avant d'être crée à nouveau: "Le jour où Nous plierons le ciel comme on plie le rouleau des livres. Votre Seigneur, c'est Allah, qui a créé les cieux et la terre en six jours ("ayâm") (Verset 54 / Sourate 7)

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Can the Doomsday Argument predict our odds of survival? Looking at it another way, if you start your reasoning by assuming (for no real reason) that it's unlikely that you're one of the first humans, obviously your reasoning is then going to "prove" it's likely that you're one of the middle or last humans. I think the original argument is predicated on a couple of dodgy assumptions, not least of which is that the number of humans would continue to increase exponentially, which has already stopped happening since the time the DA was formulated (total human population is now expected to stabilize at around 10 billion by 2100 or so, then to grow only slowly after that). Just making that one adjustment, the DA argument would push the time for "near" extinction from prior to 10,000 years out to much further (depending on what the rate of growth ends up, it might be 100,000 years or more). The DA also seems to have the implicit assumption that there *is* a "doom" at all (thus two groups, with "doom early" and "doom late").

Anti-Vaccine Body Count The United States Anti-Vaccination Movement is composed of a variety of individuals ranging from former doctors who should know better, to semi-celebrities who have no medical training, to anti-government conspiracy theorists who distrust anything that the government says. They all hold onto the mistaken belief that autism is caused by receiving childhood vaccines. Most anti-vaccination believers claim that the compound Thimerosal led to an increase in autism cases. In 2007 there was an increase in celebrities promoting anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Anti-Vaccination Movement has a body count attached to its name. Is the United States Anti-Vaccination Movement directly responsible for every vaccine preventable illness and every vaccine preventable death listed here?

Live From The International Space Station! The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable satellite that was launched on October 31 2000 and has had continued human occupation ever since, the longest on record. It's an observatory and research laboratory in low Earth orbit with crew conducting experiments in Biology, Physics and Astronomy, amongst other things. The station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, and in 2010 it had racked up almost 60,000 orbits, accruing a whopping 1.5 billion miles. To give you an idea of its size, in total it's about the area of a U.S. football field, and weighs over 400,000 kilograms. You can see the ISS without a telescope; the best time is the few hours after sunset or before sunrise. If you want to take a look at what it's doing and have a sneaky peek at the crew whilst they're on duty, check out the live ISS stream here! If the stream displays a black/blue screen, there has been a temporary loss of signal. Live streaming video by Ustream

The Science of Predicting the Future - Starts With A Bang “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” -Niels Bohr What’s going to happen next? It’s perhaps the most important thing to know if we want to be prepared for practically anything in our lives. And without even thinking about it, most of us are actually very good at this in a huge number of aspects of our lives. For example… Image credit: Crazy Adventures in Parenting. I was hungry at work today, and I was prepared for it. In my case, it’s because I’ve been in this situation before: thousands upon thousands of times before, in fact. Image credit: Johnny Nichols, 2008. This is a fabulous example of a pre-scientific prediction! Image credit: screenshot from (L) and the Old Farmers' Almanac (R). Sometimes, this type of pre-scientific prediction is the best we can do. Image credit: NASA / Paul Chodas, Jon Giorgini & Don Yeomans / JPL NEO Program Office. In other cases — like meteorology — the uncertainties are very large. Image credit:

Why TV News is a Waste of Human Effort: One Example Worth a Trillion Dollars — C. G. P. Grey It’s Simpsons time and Homer’s insightful remark that a trillion dollars is, quote: “a spicy meatball!” In case you didn’t notice, that Simpsons show was about a trillion dollar bill and we are discussing a trillion dollar coin. Picky yes, but the two forms of cash have different laws regarding how they are created. Which isn’t a big deal, it’s just the whole reason the trillion dollar coin story exists in the first place. Now, perhaps, you think I’m complaining too much. Also, there is apparently a law that requires puns in all published TV news segments and at 1:17 we get it: " idea getting a lot of currency online" (Emphasis not added, the reporter really leans into that word. But still: 6,000 probably sounds like a lot to people who get their news from TV and have never been on the Internet. Thankfully, the story doesn’t burden us with why this economist thinks it’s a good idea. At 1:28 is the closest we get to an explanation of anything: Has it informed you about anything?

Yes, Dangerously Low Vaccination Rates Are Fueling The Measles Outbreak Depending on what those personal beliefs are, they just might become extinct. Flagged I don't think so. A) The object of belief is transcendant an as such can reveal the Truth. B) The conflation of the system of belief with actual concrete reality. Of course these two views are espoused to various degrees depending on the believer. Don’t Believe the Hype – 10 Persistent Cancer Myths Debunked Google ‘cancer’ and you’ll be faced with millions of web pages. And the number of YouTube videos you find if you look up ‘cancer cure’ is similarly vast. The problem is that much of the information out there is at best inaccurate, or at worst dangerously misleading. And it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction, as much of the inaccurate information looks and sounds perfectly plausible. In this post, we want to set the record straight on 10 cancer myths we regularly encounter. Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern disease Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancer Myth 3: ‘Acidic’ diets cause cancer Myth 4: Cancer has a sweet tooth Myth 5: Cancer is a fungus – and sodium bicarbonate is the cure Myth 6: There’s a miracle cancer cure… Myth 7: …And Big Pharma are suppressing it Myth 8: Cancer treatment kills more than it cures Myth 9: We’ve made no progress in fighting cancer Myth 10: Sharks don’t get cancer Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern disease Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancer

MAKE HOMEMADE SCIENCE TOYS AND PROJECTS How an early psychiatric treatment lead to widespread mutilation You know, that's a theory I've held for some time now too. I have a friend who is majoring in psychology, he's currently undertaking his Master's courses for it (but is on summer break) and what I find especially interesting is now that he's learned quite a bit he's always busy diagnosing and pointing out the flaws and issues he sees in others. Yet he never turns that around on himself. Then again, I've always been of the belief that people who point out flaws and shortcomings in others are doing so because they themselves are guilty of those very things except they don't want to acknowledge it. It is for all these reasons that I am incapable of being a hypocrite. "It is for all these reasons that I am incapable of being a hypocrite. Lol! I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again. And now that I'm on the topic of brilliance and world domination, how do we not have a post pointing out the awesome thing that is today? I have no idea what you are talking about... SExpand

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit Hari’s campaign last year against the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte drove me to launch my site (don’t fuck with a Bostonian’s Pumpkin-Spice Anything). You just made a huge fan out of me. You had this lady calling them toxic waste and others still saying that it is a sign of someone being basic or whatever. Like, seriously, if you dislike a fucking latte flavor for any other reason than "I think it tastes bad", then why don't you just take a french press filled with boiling water and the darkest roast of whatever organic-flavored hand ground coffee beans you like, put it down on your chair, and sit on it. If you dislike them because you think they taste bad, then you should probably get that checked out, but at least you aren't a fear mongering idiot or a pretentious twit. Flagged

Take college and university courses online completely free In recent years massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a trend in online education. The term was coined in 2008 by David Cormier, manager of web communications and innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island. The first MOOC was created the previous year, at Utah State University. MOOCs are designed like college courses but are available to anyone anywhere in the world, at no cost. Coursera is perhaps the most well-known of the online education facilitators. EdX is another non-profit course site created by founding partners Harvard and MIT and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has their own open courseware, where most of the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects are available on the Web, free of charge. European institutions are also getting in on the act. For those looking to learn a language Duolingo offers completely free language education. Other sites, like Open Culture, are not affiliated with tertiary institutions.