On today's podcast, I talk to you about a recent tragedy in our family and how it helped me understand anti-vaccine parents a little more. Not completely, but just enough to realize that there is very little in the way of a debate that one can have with them. See, When people who don't believe that vaccines save lives tell you that there is no evidence that vaccines are safe, they're either misinformed or lying. On the flip side, when they tell you that there is evidence that vaccines cause autism, they're either misinformed or lying again. There is plenty of evidence for both arguments out there, but only one set of "studies" pass the biological plausibility test (not to say anything about ethics). However, because an injury (perceived or real) to a child triggers such a deep-seeded, primal reaction, it's hard to be logical or reasonable. When parents see autism as death (when it's not), their search for answers becomes chaotic and full of inferences that are misguided. Anti-vaccine people looking to make a buck take advantage of that, and then we're off to the races on trying to stop further harm, encourage critical thinking, and have an actual debate based on facts. In about 33 minutes, I tell you about the different kinds of studies out there, and I explain to you why we cannot do a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study like the antivaxxers want, but we've done plenty of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated studies in an ethical and scientific way.
Callisto, the wonderful dog we adopted seven years ago, passed away peacefully after a short battle with disease. She leaves a dog-shaped hole in our hearts as she was very much our daughter. My wife and I wished she could have stuck around to meet the baby, but the universe has a funny way of [...]
The dog and I went out for a run on Sunday at the nearby state park. There's a lake there. Together with the weather, the lake made the 3-mile run more tolerable. There were also plenty of people. The nice weather does that. It draws people out the door and to the outdoors. A lot [...]
SLOG = "Slow Jog" I've been under a ton of stress the last few days because I applied for a doctoral degree at a very prestigious university. They were to make their decision soon. (In fact, as I you read this, they may have already made their decision.) It used to be that I would [...]
The weather was cold today, and the sun was no where to be seen. But I had promised myself, my wife, and my dog that I would go out for a slog (a slow jog) for at least two miles. So I bundled up good and headed out the door for two miles (walk or [...]
The pup and I went out to the woods while my wife went to a baby shower in Indiana, PA. The park was Yellow Creek Park. There were plenty of questions as to why the park was yellow. I didn't try hard to find out. Anyway, we jogged up and down some very slippery hillsides. [...]