Has everyone finished How to Fossilize Your Hamster? The author interview should be coming soon, and I still would like to talk to anyone who has performed any of the experiments, so let me know.
Our next book is Ghost by Alan Lightman. I probably won’t interview him because he doesn’t have email and I don’t remember how to communicate in any other way. But check it out, because it’s a fascinating look at skepticism in the face of unexplainable personal experience.
I am also going through the list of your suggestions for reading selections and will be announcing the summer book list soon. Rebecca will be filling in for me in July when I’m in Lithuania, so you won’t want to miss that.
Here’s a new book I just heard about that tears the mercury militia’s arguments to pieces:
AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS:
Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
Paul Offit, MD
Columbia University Press
AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS will show the reader the incredible history of how greedy lawyers, doctors, and unknowing parents have helped prevent the search for the real cause of autism. As these forces conspire to blame vaccines or the preservatives used in vaccines for causing autism, the search for a real cure is hampered while millions of dollars go chasing after the wrong causes or, worse, to support misguided legal actions. Children are dying because of quack treatments that desperate parents agree to have inflicted on their children. How on earth did we get here?
In AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS, Dr. Offit carefully outlines the faulty science that allowed one British doctor to turn the world of autism on its head and allowed the return of diseases that had rarely been seen in Britain and the United States for decades. He also tells the story of perhaps the greatest fraud on the autism community: facilitated communication. By reviewing the history of how the vaccines-cause-autism movement began, Dr. Offit skewers the logic and the science of those associated with the vaccines-cause-autism front and demonstrates how, all too often, greed was the motivating factor behind “scientific” conclusions.