By Guy P. Harrison
Maybe you recognize a person who swears by way of the reliability of psychics or who's in normal touch with angels. or maybe you're looking for a pleasant method of dissuading somebody from losing cash on a homeopathy therapy. otherwise you met anyone at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that nobody ever walked at the moon. How do you discover a carefully persuasive manner of guidance humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus treatments, conspiracy theories, and the like?
This down-to-earth, exciting exploration of ordinarily held outstanding claims might help you put the list immediately. the writer, a veteran journalist, has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed best scientists, explored "the such a lot haunted apartment in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." he isn't out just to debunk unfounded ideals. at any place attainable, he offers substitute clinical motives, which often are much more attention-grabbing than the wildest hypothesis.
For instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack sturdy proof, yet technological know-how offers us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer house for facts that existence exists in different places within the sizeable universe. The facts for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster will be nonexistent, yet scientists are usually studying new species, a few of that are really stranger than fiction.
Stressing the buzz of clinical discovery and the valid mysteries and beauty inherent in fact, this ebook invitations readers to proportion the thrill of rational pondering and the skeptical method of comparing our amazing world.
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I published it in AIDS Research and I toned the language down. And I regret now that I did tone it down. So there may very well be people who now question HIV. But they aren't getting a scientific forum. Q: There are supposedly several different AIDS viruses all causing this unique thing called AIDS. A: I'm amazed that people haven't pointed out the stupidity of that idea. Here we have HIV-1 and HIV-2. These two separate viruses, not strains of each other. The variance between them is considerable.
That trial was so wrong, so badly done. It's terrible. AIDS has become an international business, an industry. It could be assessed at billions of dollars. Q: A certain amount of responsibility has to be laid at the door of doctors who prescribed anything from poppers, by the ton, to God knows what for their gay patients. A: Oh yes. I know that among some doctors who developed large clienteles of gay patients, there was a great reluctance to make judgments about the so-called lifestyle. There was a kind of philosophy that you couldn't change behavior.
No evidence was presented to me. ' That's absurd. It's not a scientific response to dismiss Duesberg as a crank. WEEKLY: The definition of AIDS has become so broad it's even stretching the idea of what a syndrome is, never mind a singular disease. WARNER: A syndrome is a means of trying to understand how symptoms could be linked together. But if you do this in an atmosphere of hysteria, there is no limit to what you can attribute to a syndrome. WEEKLY: The definition of AIDS in Africa is now becoming synonymous with starvation.
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison