Dogmatism in science and medicine
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2012/05/23
It never rains but it pours, as they say. On the same day as I learned of the exciting court decision exonerating an “HIV-positive” person because “HIV” tests do not diagnose infection — see previous post (Federal court finds “HIV” tests flawed) — I also received the first copies of my new book, Dogmatism in Science and Medicine: How Dominant Theories Monopolize Research and Stifle the Search for Truth (McFarland 2012), which is now featured at the top of the left-hand sidebar of this blog.
The arrogant unscientific dogmatism of the HIV/AIDS true-believers is far from unique, there’s something quite similar in many other fields: Big-Bang cosmology, dinosaur extinction, theory of smell, string theory, Alzheimer’s amyloid theory, specificity and efficacy of psychotropic drugs, cold fusion, second-hand smoke, continental drift . . .
The consequences with HIV/AIDS are incomparably more damaging to innumerable people than in those other fields; but there are comparably damaging economic consequences of actions based on true belief in human-caused global warming. When a dogmatic opinion about a matter of science gets mixed up with politics and with corporate interests and with social activism, that view can become as set in stone and harmful in free societies as was Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union.
That’s what this book is about. It also argues that this is a distinctly new development in science, and suggests possible ways to limit the damage. There needs to be some way of separating and insulating truth-seeking science from State and Church and other institutions of that ilk.
AIDS Rethinkers will find that much of the supporting documentation in the book is drawn from inside knowledge of the HIV/AIDS mess; in particular, a whole chapter describes and analyzes the destruction of Medical Hypotheses by Elsevier. But there are ample data from other fields as well.
I would be very grateful if friends of this blog would recommend the book for purchase by their local libraries.