Creationists and HIV Deniers, gawd bless em.
So like, remember a while back when Andy Schlafly, Creationist of Conservapedia wrote PNAS demanding raw data, reagents, etc from Richard Lenski? And if Lenski refused to deliver that stuff to Schlafly (and his crack team of home schooled children) for ‘peer review’, then PNAS should retract the paper and Evilution is a Lie?
Well, HIV Deniers thought that was a friggen brilliant idea. Forty well respected HIV-1 researchers have gone and done the same thing, demanding Science retract a 24 year old paper of Robert Gallos because it doesnt suit their fancy. And of course, by ‘forty well respected HIV-1 researchers’ I mean ‘forty random people I have never heard of in my entire life, despite the fact Im sitting here immersed in HIV-1 literature preparing for my qualifying exam.’ No, thats not entirely true– I know who Gary Null and crank Harvey Bialy are. heh. Very important peoples.
But hey, nothing saying a nobody cant be right! So lets pretend these 40
nobodies very important researchers are right. Lets say Gallo is a terrible person and purposely lied about everything in that paper.
That doesnt discredit the past 25 years of HIV-1 research.
Sorry, HIV Deniers.
Anyway, to pull this back to Creationism again, those poor, persecuted HIV Deniers have gained a powerful ally: Access Research Network, an alternate hive for the Intelligent Design community. Thus speaketh Kevin ‘Ben Stein is Rosa Parks‘ Wirth:
In a stunning announcement earlier this month it was revealed that the seminal papers outlining the probable cause of AIDS as published in the journal SCIENCE in 1984 were almost certainly falsified. SCIENCE, which is often cited as one of the most important peer-reviewed scientific journals in the world, will most likely be forced to retract the falsified papers it published (so much for the claim that peer-reviewed papers in leading science journals are the invincible bulwark of scientific investigation).
Sorry, Kev. Unless we find a long-lost Gallo email where he says ‘OMG Im leik TOTALLY drawing figure 1 by hand and calling it an electron micrograph LULZ!!!’, Science isnt retracting shit. But I thank you, Kevin, for the bountiful bawwing in the rest of this article. This one blag post includes:
- peer review sucks
- senior scientists agree HIV is a lie
- scientists dont listen to alternate view points
- publishing paradigm shifting science in pop media instead of journals is A-OKAY!
- the ID community always knew HIV didnt cause AIDS
- scientists call dissenters mean names!
- dissenters are just asking questions, gosh golly
- more and more people are supporting dissenters every day
- scientists are bigots
- scientists are liars
- scientists treat science like its religion
- scientists ruin the lives of dissidents
- it doesnt matter if dissenters dont have education/degrees/experience in the field they are dissenting from
- its up to the general public, especially children, to be The Voice for dissent
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And of course:
And, while I laughed really, really hard at the end of ‘Definitely Dead’, this one sentence from Kev is in the running for ‘Funniest Thing I have Read This Week’:
The best thing we can do, according to the scientific dogmatists, is marginalize dissenters as pseudoscientific idiots with improper motives, and dismiss them as crackpots for being so stupid as to dare challenge what every other qualified expert already knows and takes for granted.
OMG!! WHAT A REVELATION! LOOOOOOL!!!
Just so we are totally clear here–
HIV Deniers, Creationists, you are pseudoscientific idiots with improper motives. You are crackpots and fantastically stupid, completely unqualified to challenge experts in the fields you are dissenting from.