Author Archives: Mohammad Fahad

When we sailed to the Sea of Tranquility on a High Tide of Technology

  In 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a commercial airliner on the Hudson River in New York durring an emergecy manourvre and singlehandedly saving the lives of 155 people on board, was being awarded the Neil Armstrong … Continue reading

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When we’r misled about the dangers around us, we take real risks to avoid imaginary ones

The assessment of Risk is one of the great big things of our time. From business to politics to social cultural history, we are constantly engaged in a seemingly relentless pursuit to uncover causes and effects; and more often than not, the … Continue reading

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Our Trendy Ideological Narcissism doesn’t help Africa

I’m not going to do what countless others have done already and rip the piss out of Invisible Children, their Kony2012 Campaign and the obvious dodginess about  their methods/operations. Although I’ll let this little musical number (that they came out with back … Continue reading

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Deadly Denial: The Conspiracy Theories about AIDS

AIDS – as a disease – has an almost emotive side to it. Talk of it is altogether different from, say, Cancer. This is not to suggest that the urgency about AIDS (globally) is any less, but there are remnants … Continue reading

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Egyptian Revolution: Food for Thought

2011 was some year for Egypt.  From the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in February, to the electoral gains by his erstwhile nemesis The Muslim Brotherhood (and co.) in December, the shift in the political climate seems to have happened at almost … Continue reading

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#Burzynski: Silencing Legitimate Criticism is NOT Charity

So a very interesting story has developed over the last few weeks. Like many stories of questionable cancer ‘treatments’, it involves a desperate family trying to do whatever they can to save their child, it involves celebrities and communities wanting to lend … Continue reading

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The Perils of Amateur Epidemiology

I have just finished reading the excellent The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin. It details the rise of the anti-vaccine movement, how their ideas have been scientifically discredited and further how a maelstrom of media, social and cultural pressures have meant that those … Continue reading

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