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.
My wife and I ran (jogged,walked, crawled) a half marathon on a lovely Saturday morning. The weather was great, and so were the people along the course. I just need to be a little better trained for the next one, a few tweaks here and there.
I arrived in Barranquilla, Colombia, early on Monday. One of the teachers at the local university where I am going to be teaching and working picked me up at the airport. The first thing I noticed was the extreme heat. It was extreme for me after a week of relatively cooler temperatures in Pennsylvania. As [...]
I sat for a conversation with a friend yesterday, and we got to talking about relationships. I told her about that one relationship I had which almost drove me into the ground in so many ways a few years ago. But then I told her about my marriage, and how my wife and I started [...]
My wife and I went to the store, and I decided to record us and see what would happen. Lo and behold, she's played with Ebola before.
A quick story of how grandma got me out of trouble back in high school (and even before and after that).
The definition of a father is different than a dad, but both have a heavy influence on who we are and why. My dad was not always around, but plenty of people were willing and able to be fatherly and push me ahead...
Few people influence our lives like our parents do. When it comes to moms, I had more than one. When it comes to mothers, I have one... A good one.
The love of my life and I went out for a run. I'm hoping it's the first of many.
Some people are just too cynical about the meaning of Valentine's Day...