Debunking Denialism

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Monthly Archives: October 2010

The “Pharma Profit” Gambit

The surgeon and scientist Dr. David Gorski is famous for his detailed dissections of various opening maneuver of the anti-vaccination movement and the complementary and alternative medicine, which includes the “Toxin” gambit and the “Pharma Shill” gambit. The “toxin” gambit involves claiming that vaccines contains “toxins”, when, in reality, toxicity is dependent on dose (among other factors) and the “Pharma Shill” gambit is when proponents of alternative medicine or anti-vaccination lunacy claims that critics are secretly paid by large pharmaceutical companies instead of addressing the actual arguments.

Most defenders of science based medicine have heard the “Pharma Profit” gambit. It boils down to asserting that large pharmaceutical companies just want money, and therefore their products, like vaccines, are fraudulent and dangerous. This view is epitomized by the journalist Dani Veracity in an article called “Pharmaceutical fraud: How Big Pharma’s marketing and profits come before consumer safety and wellness” on the website NaturalNews.com where Veracity states that “Modern medicine is a platform for profit, not health”.

Needless to say, there are a few problems with this line of though: Read more of this post

So it begins….

Modern life presents us with an interesting apparent paradox: science has a strong cultural authority, yet primitive darkness is creeping in just beyond the flickering flame of reason, threatening at any moment to extinguish that which we all have worked so hard for to attain.

It is time to work towards ending it. This blog will join the global community of supporters of science and reason and try to push back the forces of darkness.

“I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.” – Carl Sagan

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