HIV/AIDS Skepticism

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

My new blog

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2012/11/26

As a number of my recent posts here have indicated, I’ve come to see that the HIV/AIDS mistake is not an idiosyncratic aberration at a time when science including medical science remain generally trustworthy. Rather,  science and medicine overall have become less reliable as the mainstream consensus is many fields has become too dogmatic, unwilling or unable to change course in line with accumulating evidence showing the consensus to be flawed; see Dogmatism  in Science and Medicine: How Dominant Theories Monopolize Research and Stifle the Search for Truth. This realization reinforces my opinion that we cannot achieve a Rethinking of HIV/AIDS theory unless the conventional wisdom also recognizes that a mainstream consensus, no matter how firmly held and long-lasting, might nevertheless be wrong.
So I found myself wanting to write more about these general issues in science and medicine. But this blog, devoted specifically to HIV/AIDS, didn’t seem appropriate to this wider purpose, so I’ve just started a new blog, Skepticism about Science and Medicine. The first entry discusses global warming — or rather, human-caused global warming through emission of carbon dioxide. Why is it politically correct for political liberals to believe the mainstream consensus on this, while it is politically incorrect for conservatives to do so? Neither side apparently understands anything about the actual scientific evidence.

2 Responses to “My new blog”

  1. That humans are causing global warming is the position of the Academies of Science from 19 countries plus many scientific organizations that study climate science. More specifically, around 95% of active climate researchers actively publishing climate papers endorse the consensus position.

    • Henry Bauer said

      NAC eye drops:
      Exactly. Human-caused global warming is the accepted dogma. That doesn’t make it correct.
      The history of science is the story of mainstream dogmas overturned. As Michael Crichton noted:

      Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels;
      it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
      Whenever you hear that the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other,
      reach for your wallet, because you’re being had…. The greatest scientists in history
      are great precisely because they broke with the consensus….
      Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough.
      Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc squared.
      Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away.
      It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.

      —- Michael Crichton, “Aliens cause global warming”,
      Caltech Michelin Lecture, 17 January 2003

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