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It’s generally a bad idea to assault the religious beliefs of your friends, neighbors, and relatives. That being said, sometimes it’s unavoidable. My being Jewish is hard for some people, who feel that just by being me, I am denying their Lord and delaying His return (and before you start tossing No True Scotsmans at…

A delusion is usually defined as “a fixed, false belief”. Anyone can be wrong, but to persist in being wrong despite all the evidence is the hallmark of delusional thinking. In their latest senseless rant at HuffPo, infectious disease promoters David Kirby and Robert Kennedy, Jr. cling to thin strands of tainted reality as the…

Eight notes on reproductive ethics

Reproductive ethics is a field I’m not all that familiar with, but it’s been a big deal lately, so I’ve been thinking about it a bit. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has a few broadsheets on ethics, which are actually rather helpful. Reproductive medicine is a great field for looking at ethical problems. Let’s…

Oy, my back

So, what’s up with low back pain? Well, here’s what’s up with mine: To quote from The Book of Pal: Just below the L4-L5 disc, behind L5 vertebral body on the right side, there is evidence of a large extradural soft tissue density measuring approximately 1.5 x 0.8 cm in its maximum vertical and anteroposterior…

A little science, a little rant

She sat on the exam table looking tired an cranky. Otherwise there wasn’t much to note about her appearance—not young, but not old; not thin, but not fat; she didn’t smell of smoke or have pet hair on her clothes. A glance at her demographics sheet confirmed that she was middle-aged, domiciled, and employed—and uninsured.…