Profiles

Quackonomics Profiles attempts to look at individuals (and sometimes organisations) who are relevant to many of the post on this blog. Relevant does not imply that the Profiles are ‘supportive’ to the subject(s). Indeed some will be written exclusively to highlight criticism of the individual(s). Also the Profiles are not (necessarily) a biographical article of the subject discussed. 

Neil Armstrong – First man to step onto Lunar Surface, Commander of Apollo 11, Gemeni 8, Test Pilot, University Professor, No one has bad word to say about him. Took his notoriety with supreme humility and class. A credit to NASA and the Apollo Missions.

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Peter Duesberg is one of the most well known promoters of AIDS-Denialism. The (Conspiracy) Theory which claims that HIV doesnt not cause AIDS, obfuscating the vast body of scientific evidence which contradicts that statement. A particular horrendous legacy of this has played out in Africa where some people with great influence started to subscribe to his ideas.

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Hosni Mubarak was the President/Head of State/Douche Overlord of Egypt for 30 years up until he stepped down in Feb 2011. There are many incriminating things about him and his legacy for Egypt, however his agricultural policy perhaps should get more scrutiny given its importance for the Eyptian population.

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Christopher Hitchens One of the most prolific writers and cultural critics. Hitch was a complex man, always liable to split opinion but never boring or stale. This is a somewhat critical take on his life.

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Winstone Zulu One of Africa’s greatest campaigners on AIDS and TB.  He also fought South African President Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialism after initially falling for it.

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Adam Smith He is widely regarding as the founding father of Theoretical Economics – a title not without merit. He is also seen as the staunch proponent of the unquestioning primacy of the market. However, his Ideas on Labour and Value present a different picture than the common misconceptions.

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Malcolm Gladwell He is a best-selling author of books such as ‘Outliers’ and ‘The tipping point’. However, we believe his work should be evaluated more critically than it is in the mainstream.

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Rupert Murdoch Media Mogul and owner of News International. His company was embroiled in the Phone Hacking Scandal in the UK. Which resulted in the closure of the News of the World. His bid to takeover BSkyB was also scuppered as a result of this.

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Eugenie Scott Director of the National Center for Science Education. A group  campaigning against the teaching of ‘Creation Science’ and’Intelligent Design’ in Science Classrooms in the US.

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Ben Goldacre Author of the book Bad Science. He was sued for Libel by vitamin pill entrepreneur Mattias Rath, (who Goldacre exposed in his guardian column) for campaigning against Anti-Retro-viral drugs while making claims that vitamin pills cure Aids in South Africa. Has frequent run-ins with other promoters of bad science all throughout the UK

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