Respectful Insolence

In case anyone from Southern California of a skeptical bent is interested in attending the debate about whether thimerosal in vaccines causes autism, here is the event information that I mentioned yesterday:

Vaccines and Autism, Is There a Connection?
A Thoughtful Debate

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Featuring:
David Kirby – Author, Evidence of Harm
and Arthur AllenAuthor, Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver

Event Information:
Location: UC San Diego Price Center, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093

Time: Lecture & Debate 10:00am to 12:30pm
Reception & Book Signing: 1:00 to 2:00pm

Costs:
Lecture: Free if R.S.V.P.’s received online via www.tacanow.org PRIOR TO 1/9/2007 or $10 on-site or 1/10/2007
After talk Reception: $5 on-site

For more information please go to www.tacanow.org or call (858) 673-7193

Mr. Kirby’s Biography:
David Kirby has been a professional journalist for over 15 years, and wrote for The New York Times for more than eight years. Kirby was a contracted writer with the weekly City Section at The Times, where he covered public health, local politics, art and culture, film and theater, architecture, zoning and land use, among many other subjects. He has also contributed to The Magazine, Arts & Leisure, Personal Health, Men’s Health, Science Times, Escapes, Travel, Weekend and other sections of the paper. Kirby has also written for a number of national magazines, including Glamour, Redbook, Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, Self, Art News, and others. In addition, Kirby was a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990, where he covered the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, and covered politics, corruption and natural disasters in Mexico. From Latin America, he reported for UPI, the San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, The Arizona Republic, Houston Chronicle and the NBC Radio Network.

Mr. Allen’s Biography:
Arthur Allen was born in Cincinnati and educated at the University of California, Berkeley where he received an undergraduate degree in Development Studies. He was a foreign correspondent for the Associate Press in El Salvador during the war in that country, and later was based in Mexico City, Paris, and Bonn, Germany. Since 1995, he has been a freelance magazine writer in Washington, D.C., specializing in biomedical affairs.

Allen is particularly interested in how society responds to changes in technology. His book (to be released in January 2007) chronicles the rough and tumble history of vaccines as well as the social and cultural response to vaccination programs, from Cotton Mather’s Boston in the early 18th Century, to present-day conflicts over vaccine safety and supply.

Allen lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, the writer Margaret Talbot, and his two children.

The online registration form is here.

As I said before, with David Kirby representing the “mercury causes autism” side and other sponsors of the conference including Generation Rescue (that’s J.B. Handley‘s organization) and SafeMinds, I know that the canards, distortions, bad studies by the likes of Mark and David Geier, and conspiracy-mongering about big pharma and the Simpsonwood Conference will be flying fast and furious, and I’m sure Arthur could use at least some of the audience on his side.

Comments

  1. #1 Tuk
    January 8, 2007

    Why are two journalists and not scientists debating this topic?

  2. #2 HCN
    January 8, 2007

    Because they have both written books on the subject geared towards the general public.

    Plus, I don’t think any self-respecting scientist would take the bait in debating Kirby. The main sponsors for this debate are “parent” run organizations which exist mostly to find fault in vaccines, especially with thimerosal (TACA has also been called “Talking About Chelation Always”). For a good reason why check out:
    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/01/just_how_stupid_do_they_think_i_am.php

  3. #3 Tuk
    January 9, 2007

    Thanks HCN. I understand all that. Maybe I should rephrase my question in the form of a statement: This debate seems like a pointless exercise.

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