Category Archives: Science

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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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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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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Pharmageddon: The Vaccine Pseudo-Controversy

This is one of those  ‘banker topics’ in that you can bank on the fact that it will come up again and again on this blog. Like the Creationism/Evolution debate, the Science has now taken a back seat to what … Continue reading

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Fishing for “Interesting-ness”: The trouble with Malcolm Gladwell

If you frequent libraries and bookstores here in Canada, you’ll find that Malcolm Gladwell is almost a ubiquitous presence. You cant miss a copy of ‘Blink’, ‘Outliers’, ‘The Tipping Point’ or ‘What the Dog Saw’. Full disclosure though; I’m not … Continue reading

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Eugenie Scott : The Lady who fights Creationism in the US

The teaching of Evolution in US High Schools is in many ways a microcosm of the ‘war’ between Science and Religion. And as the work of Eugenie Scott suggests – it is one fraught with legal and political maneuverings.  Science ‘denialism’ … Continue reading

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