HIV/AIDS Skepticism

Pointing to evidence that HIV is not the necessary and sufficient cause of AIDS

Defending the established doctrine

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2009/02/06

It’s been said over and over again by insightful people, yet the popular conventional wisdom has never incorporated the importance of listening to minority voices, dissident voices. Here’s how John Locke put it, cited in that “Shakespeare” book I mentioned a little while ago:

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

My Bartlett places it in the dedicatory epistle of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690

On this theme of the inertia of orthodox opinion, in connection with science see the classic essays by Bernard Barber [Resistance by scientists to scientific discovery, Science 134 (1961) 596–602] and Gunther Stent [Prematurity and uniqueness in scientific discovery, Scientific American, December 1972, pp.  84–93] and the edited discussions in Ernest Hook, Prematurity in scientific discovery: on resistance and neglect (University of California Press, 2002). But don’t bother asking the HIV/AIDS enthusiasts whether an overwhelming mainstream consensus could ever be wrong — “of course all those papers published over 25 years have proved beyond doubt that HIV cause AIDS”, you’ll be told. But, then, also don’t bother asking them exactly which of all those publications contains the proof.

One Response to “Defending the established doctrine”

  1. heja said

    This is a very recent example how crudely this is done at BBC:

    Title of news:

    Nurse tells of woman who halted Aids drugs and died

    I normally do not open up these sorts of things but this time I did to see what evidence they are presenting. This is what I found:

    They describe two, allegedly HIV-related, deaths:

    “One was a man who was on anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). He fell and was taken to the hospital and was diagnosed with a stroke.”

    and one woman:

    “A few weeks later I found out that she had died in hospital. This may or may not be related to her HIV. I’m not sure, as delivery complications are very common in Lesotho.”

    So two deaths (notice the focus on death), none proven to be HIV-related but the title (and this what most people will read on the front page) still says:

    “Nurse tells of woman who halted Aids drugs and died”

    They lost any shame they had!

    Here is the link to the title page:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/default.stm

    And here is the description itself.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7873033.stm

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