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Inside this Book – Stripped to its essence, science is simply a method to understand the natural world—it’s an antidote to superstition. In a sense, everyone is a scientist. For example, if a car doesn’t start, a mechanic considers several possibilities: the battery is dead; the starter is defective; the car is out of gas; the fuel system is clogged. Then, the mechanic tests each of these potential problems. This is exactly how scientists think: hierarchically, reasonably, logically. It would be unreasonable to think that the car doesn’t start because the gods were angry or because the owner had cheated on his taxes. That’s not scientific thinking; that’s magical thinking. And it’s at the heart of a lot of misconceptions about how the world works and whether one thing causes another. By far the most important part of the scientific process is reproducibility. If a scientist’s hypothesis is right, then other investigators will confirm that it’s right. If it’s wrong, they won’t. The beauty of science is that it’s enormously self-correcting, questioning, probing, skeptical, mutable. Nothing is a fact until it’s reproduced again and again and again.
Inside this book –Bad Advice PDF Book by Paul A. Offit – But that’s not what this show was about. Oprah was there to tell a story. And her story had three roles: the hero, the victim, and the villain. Jenny was the hero. Her son was the victim. This left only one role for me. I would be the guy telling Jenny that she was wrong and that, by extension, Oprah was wrong to have had her on the show. Jenny knew the cause of her son’s autism (vaccines). I didn’t. Jenny had cures for autism (megavitamins, hyperbaric oxygen chambers, and mercury- binding medicines). I didn’t. Also, not to be completely politically incorrect, but as a male scientist, you can’t go on a television show in front of a studio audience consisting entirely of women and tell two women that they’re wrong. It just doesn’t work. Science didn’t do well on Oprah that day. First, McCarthy told her story: “Right before his MMR shot, I said to the doctor, ‘I have a very bad feeling about this shot. This is the autism shot, isn’t it?’ And he said, ‘No, that’s ridiculous. It is a mother’s desperate attempt to blame something,’ and he swore at me, and then the nurse gave [Evan] the shot. And I remember going, ‘Oh, God, I hope he’s right.’ And soon thereafter—boom —the soul’s gone from his eyes.” Fighting back tears, McCarthy explained how her son had been fine one minute and then, because of that vaccine, had been condemned to a lifelong struggle with autism.
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