Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Some good reading

I've been saving up a number of links in the hopes of posting about them, but given that I'm still sick1 (and probably won't get around to writing about these if I don't do it now), here they are:

Andrew Wakefield series - Surprise, surprise! Andrew Wakefield was paid by lawyers to undermine the MMR vaccine (by Orac), Unethical is too mild a word (by PZ), and Remind me never to get on Brian Deer's bad side (by Orac). All three look at evidence showing that the author of a paper purportedly showing a link between the MMR vaccine and autism was actually being paid huge sums of money by lawyers involved in autism cases.

What if abortion opponents weren't sexist? - a look at the some of the logical consequences of banning abortion.

The Jefferson Bible - I didn't know he had edited a version of the bible; it looks more interesting than the average version.

Obviously a male conspiracy is at work here - Orac looks at the science behind the recent pop-media claim that housework protects women from breast cancer. Hint: the paper doesn't exactly state that there's a correlation between number of hours spent washing dishes and the likelihood of getting breast cancer.

Don't Fall for Anti-Vax Shills - a post at I Speak of Dreams that links to a number of good resources for information about the benefits of vaccinations.

Orcinus's multi-part series (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) on eliminationism in America. All the posts are great, but what really got me into the series was Part V: 'Nits Make Lice', a post about atrocities committed against native Americans.

Science Blogging Anthology: the 50 best science blogging posts - a soon-to-be-published book, organized by Coturnix.

Don't make the Demo look Done - a post about why you shouldn't make your drafts look more finished than they are.

1 It's been more than a week now. Time for these viruses to go away.

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