Sunday, August 13, 2006

Abuse of science

I've been spending quite a bit of time over at Aetiology, a recent addition to my blogroll, where quite a bit of discussion has gone towards rebutting deniers of the Germ Theory of Disease, specificly deniers of the connection between HIV and AIDS. Rather than get into the details, if you have several free hours, you can go through the comments and see the differences between the two sides. Some even deny gravity. (Gravity has ignored the challenge, and has continued to act as before)

Does this kind of science abuse actually hurt anybody? Yes.

Should you go to read up on this discussion, you can learn quite a bit about AIDS and HIV, and why the vast and overwhelming majority of scientists agree that HIV causes AIDS. You will also see how one side responds with citations of peer reviewed research, logic, etc. The other responds with quote mining, attacks, rhetorical tricks. The connections to how creationists debate is only too clear.

I mention all this, in order to send you to to Scienceblog's 16th International AIDS Conference blog. I don't think it is in any way an official blog of the conference, but you should be able to read some pretty interesting posts. And the commentary will range from enlightening to infuriating.

by Robster @ 8/13/2006 06:09:00 PM PERMALink