President Obama on Ebola

Obama made Ebola the subject of his weekly address. He emphasizes some unique concepts: Science and facts.

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I'm going to harp on a subject that really annoys me. The use of the word "fact" - this is a totally useless concept and is the source of a lot of confusion out in the general public and amongst science journalists. Science does not build facts. It builds models, ideas concepts and theories - tools…
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That Bush-with-a-tan is a tool.

I'll sit here and try to do my best not to entertain outrageous conspiracy theories. (not really).

As someone who was absolutely captivated and horrified reading Richard Prestons' book The Hot Zone' on Marburg and ebola in a local bookshop - to the point of missing my bus home a few times; this :…

& from there this :…

Especially this :

"Initially, there were a lot of fears that Ebola could mutate to become the airborne Andromeda strain that would wipe us all out. With what we know now about the genetic code of the virus, Ebola does not travel through the air in airborne form and is very unlikely to mutate that way. "

(Emphasis added.)

Seems Preston is now siding with you, Greg Laden which is kinda nice to know.

By Astrostevo (not verified) on 23 Oct 2014 #permalink

Also if I may I (mostly) agree with what Jim Wright on the Stonekettle Station blog has to say about ebola - and a whole lot more here :

WARNING : SWEARING and offensive language.

For those who haven't already stumbled on that one. Hope this is okay Greg Laden, my apologies and feel free to delete if not.

NB. Some credit too goes to PZ Myers 'Pharyngula' which was where I discovered the link to Tara C. Smith's 'Aetiology' blog article linked above.

By Astrostevo (not verified) on 23 Oct 2014 #permalink