Archive for November 17, 2021

Woke Children Books

Posted in uncategorized with tags , on November 17, 2021 by andelino

Nearly a year ago, Roald Dahl was canceled. The acclaimed author of popular children’s books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, it emerged, was anti-Semitic. I was devastated. I grew up reading Roald Dahl. In many ways, his books engendered my love of literature, built my vocabulary, and taught me social skills. But the strong evidence that he was anti-Semitic appeared condemning.

Six months passed, and Dr. Seuss became another beloved children’s author-turned-villain. After being gifted 10 Dr. Seuss books by First Lady Melania Trump, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, librarian said his work was steeped in racist propaganda.” Dr. Seuss’s publisher decided to shelve six of them because of how hurtful and wrong they are.

Read more at “What Are Your Children Reading?”

Should You Trust Science?

Posted in uncategorized with tags , on November 17, 2021 by andelino

Evidence indicates up to half of medical literature may be fraudulent. According to the former editor of the British Medical Journal Richard Smith, it’s “time to assume that health research is fraudulent unless proved otherwise.” In an August 6 analysis piece posted on the British Medical Journal website, Smith reported that Ben Mol, professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Monash Health, had recently estimated that “20 percent of clinical trial results are fraudulent.”

Having been concerned about research fraud for over 40 years, Smith was unsurprised by Professor Mol’s view. “It led me to think that the time may have come to stop assuming that research actually happened and is honestly reported, and assume that the research is fraudulent until there is some evidence to support it having happened and been honestly reported,” wrote Smith.

Read more at Should You Trust Science?

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