Since I’ve found myself drawn into blogging about vaccines and the antivaccination movement so much, I was interested to learn of a new project dedicated to discussing the ethical issues involved with vaccination being launched at the University of Pennsylvania: The Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine announced the beginning of an 18 month project to examine the field of vaccine development and use. Plans call for providing an ethical framework to help guide researchers, pharmaceutical companies, public-health agencies, health-care providers, and citizens regarding vaccines and their safe, effective, and ethical use. The website itself, …
It’s that time again! The 30th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has been posted over at Paige’s Page, and it’s a big one, chock full of skeptical bloggy goodness, delivered in a straight-up style: Welcome to the 30th Skeptic’s Circle, the first one with a theme song! Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed … Okay, I didn’t say it was an original theme song, nor did I say it was relevant, but it is kinda catchy. But, to move on to the main subject of tonight’s symposium, come on in, set a spell, take your …
A new Tangled Bank is up at fellow ScienceBlogger grrlscientist’s Living the Scientific Life. Time to catch up on the world of science as reported in the blogosphere over the last two weeks. While you’re perusing the science, you might also want to wander over to Evolgen and join him and the Genetics Society of America to protest the retreat from support of biomedical research that the President’s proposed budget for FY 2007 represents. As I pointed out not long ago, the total NIH budget is flat, without even an adjustment for inflation, and the budget of the National Cancer …
The 30th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is scheduled to appear at Paige’s Page on Thursday, March 16. It’s less than two days away. But, even more importantly, the deadline is less than 24 hours away. Submissions are due Wednesday night. Get them to Paige by tomorrow night if you want your skepticism to be included in this week’s Circle!
Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no. 25 has been posted over at GeekNurse. It’s time once again to enjoy the best medical blogging from the last few weeks.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons appears to be a legitimate medical professional group. It's not. It's a far right wing group of doctors masquerading as a professional society. Its journal reflects that by being packed with pseudoscience and antivaccine misinformation.
It occurs to me that I haven’t done much straight science blogging lately. Yes, debunking pseudoscience and quackery is fun, useful, and has the potential to educate people about how science is misused, but this is ScienceBlogs. Since arriving here four weeks ago, I haven’t fulfilled my quota of science blogging, and it’s time to remedy that. Fortunately, while perusing a recent issue of Cancer Research, I found just the ticket, something that would let me discuss science and still stay related to one of the main themes of this blog, alternative medicine.
Given the spring-like weather we’ve been enjoying the last couple of days, I happened across a reminder of what the weather was like just a few weeks ago. I’ve never understood the attraction of doing this for fun. To me it looks profoundly unpleasant at best. Insanity.
Just a reminder that the Skeptics’ Circle is nearly upon us. It’s scheduled to appear this Thursday at Paiges’ Page. Get your submissions to Paige at [email protected] before Wednesday night. The guidelines can be found here, with more detail than you probably want to know here. Let’s help Paige keep up the tradition of great Meetings of the Skeptics’ Circle!
It’s good to see the Pooflinger back in action. It really is. I don’t even mind that he’s starting to muscle in on my territory, because, as he points out, alties need poo-love too. In the process He’s unearthed a “gem” of altie wackiness that even I had never encountered before. Better still, he’s returned to deconstructing that tome of creationist nuttiness, The Evolution Cruncher.