Quote Of The Day
TJIC, ripping on the consumers of sound-bite “news at 11” science:
I love (”love”) the phenomena (seen so much in the global warming political debate) of people who never ever ever read primary sources, but instead read fluff articles in the Boston Globe or Self magazine drawing these crazy conclusions way beyond what the confidence intervals on the studies support, and then reorder their lives based on some craziness written up by an scientifically illiterate English major making $31k/year and spending almost all of it on shoes, Cosmopolitans, and Barrack Obama bumper stickers.
It’s one of my pet peeves as well. When my wife saw the vaccine-autism reports from “Jenny McCarthy, MD”, she immediately got worried about the prospect of giving any vaccine to our son. I then took it upon myself to read three books on the subject, perform my own risk-benefit analysis of specific vaccines based on the data in those books, and decide which vaccines I thought were worthwhile based on the risk of the disease, the risk of adverse reaction to the vaccine, and the likelihood of contracting the disease.
Sure, it’s not a political point, but it’s this same sort of soundbite science that causes people to think that the “Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2003” was about reforming campaign finance.
People who refuse to think, or are incapable thereof, shouldn’t watch the news.