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Entries from May 2008

Expelled!

May 26th, 2008 · 64 Comments · Critical thinking, Easy marks

Tweet The annual AutismOne conference is part trade fair, part revival meeting. This year’s event featured comedienne and Autism mom Jenny McCarthy, and dozens of autism “researchers” whose words are apparently digested salt free by the 2,000 parents who gathered at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Chicago. Dozens of vendors filled one large meeting room […]

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Autism and the Media

May 21st, 2008 · 10 Comments · Critical thinking, Narrative

Tweet Two Chicago Tribune reporters, Rex Huppke and Julie Deardorff, are listed as panelists at the AutismOne conference this Saturday. Huppke wrote The Story of Jamie, a heartbreaking and moving profile of an autistic man who excels at powerlifting: During his first lift at the Illinois State Games in June, Jamie had lost his composure […]

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Beware of Greeks blaring myths

May 19th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Easy marks, Miseducation

Tweet The Director of Greek Life at George Washington University was only trying to help when he recently sent this email to GWU students. Short version: it’s time we set aside our hard-earned critical thinking skills and get jiggy with Jenny! Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to meet with […]

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Texas two step

May 5th, 2008 · 11 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet There is no credible evidence that mercury causes autism. It doesn’t matter if the mercury comes for vaccines, coal fired power plants, forest fires, or UFO tailpipe exhaust. What mercury can cause is mercury poisoning, which is nasty and horrible, but the symptoms are distinct from autism and not easily confused. Unless you’re an […]

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