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“Coming out”?

Hmmmm. Somehow I didn’t think this was what one normally thinks of when one hears the term “coming out”:


You know. Sometimes tolerance is not called for.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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17 replies on ““Coming out”?”

Very amusing comic, especially if you roll over the red button at the end.

(trying not to spoil the comic for those who haven’t read it yet)

I use homeopathic logic. The less sense it has, the stronger my argument.

By diluting one’s compassion one hundred million-fold, isn’t it actually stronger?

Technically, it’s by diluting someone’s hate that their compassion grows stronger right? So, by hating more, they love less, and by loving less, homeopathy says that their hate should grow more, so you get a double whammy, unless the large presence of hate already there cancels out the homeopathic compassion, which should nullify the love…or something like that. I wonder if homeopaths say you can treat, say, a poisoning, with a homeopathic dilution of that same poison, because now it’s no longer dilute, right, and the homeopathic dilution thing is reversed so it loses it’s opposite-curing mojo. Ugh, theoretical homeopathy makes even less sense than standard homeopathy.

Charles Sullivan beat me to it!

Here’s a link the to the CNN story:

(CNN) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.

“It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.”


Scottynuke: A-yep. In fact I have a feeling we not only know what Orac’s next post is going to discuss, we even know what will be in its title: “Elaborate Fraud”.

Just saw the Anderson Cooper interview. Could have been better but it was damn embarrassing to Wakefield. Mnookin followed and was good. Sanjay Gupta tried to recapture some small measure of contact with science.

Just saw the Anderson Cooper interview. Could have been better but it was damn embarrassing to Wakefield. Mnookin followed and was good. Sanjay Gupta tried to recapture some small measure of contact with science.

I thought Cooper was pretty good for a layman, but Gupta could have done much better.

Good ol’ Handley calls for a vax/no vax study, and the Parker/Spitzer duo just let it fly by. I’m going to lose my voice screaming at the TV machine.

I think that allegations of fraud would have been brought up sooner and would have been investigated more seriously if not for the draconian English libel laws.

if god is not human, god lacks human compassion or hate.
then by the theory of dilution, compassion or hate divided by zero means god’s hate and compassion must be infinite.

now that i’ve cleared that up, i’ll be off to cure world peace.

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