Damned Heretics

Condemned by the established, but very often right

I am Nicolaus Copernicus, and I approve of this blog

I am Richard Feynman and I approve of this blog

Qualified outsiders and maverick insiders are often right about the need to replace received wisdom in science and society, as the history of the Nobel prize shows. This blog exists to back the best of them in their uphill assault on the massively entrenched edifice of resistance to and prejudice against reviewing, let alone revising, ruling ideas. In support of such qualified dissenters and courageous heretics we search for scientific paradigms and other established beliefs which may be maintained only by the power and politics of the status quo, comparing them with academic research and the published experimental and investigative record.

We especially defend and support the funding of honest, accomplished, independent minded and often heroic scientists, inventors and other original thinkers and their right to free speech and publication against the censorship, mudslinging, false arguments, ad hominem propaganda, overwhelming crowd prejudice and internal science politics of the paradigm wars of cancer, AIDS, evolution, global warming, cosmology, particle physics, macroeconomics, health and medicine, diet and nutrition.


Henry Bauer, Peter Breggin , Harvey Bialy, Giordano Bruno, Erwin Chargaff, Nicolaus Copernicus, Francis Crick, Paul Crutzen, Marie Curie, Rebecca Culshaw, Freeman Dyson, Peter Duesberg, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, John Fewster, Galileo Galilei, Alec Gordon, James Hansen, Edward Jenner, Benjamin Jesty, Michio Kaku, Adrian Kent, Ernst Krebs, Thomas Kuhn, Serge Lang, John Lauritsen, Mark Leggett, Richard Lindzen, Lynn Margulis, Barbara McClintock, George Miklos, Marco Mamone Capria, Peter Medawar, Kary Mullis, Linus Pauling, Eric Penrose, Max Planck, Rainer Plaga, David Rasnick, Sherwood Rowland, Carl Sagan, Otto Rossler, Fred Singer, Thomas Szasz, Alfred Wegener, Edward O. Wilson, James Watson.

Many people would die rather than think – in fact, they do so. – Bertrand Russell.

Skepticism is dangerous. That’s exactly its function, in my view. It is the business of skepticism to be dangerous. And that’s why there is a great reluctance to teach it in schools. That’s why you don’t find a general fluency in skepticism in the media. On the other hand, how will we negotiate a very perilous future if we don’t have the elementary intellectual tools to ask searching questions of those nominally in charge, especially in a democracy? – Carl Sagan (The Burden of Skepticism, keynote address to CSICOP Annual Conference, Pasadena, April 3/4, 1982).

It is really important to underscore that everything we’re talking about tonight could be utter nonsense. – Brian Greene (NYU panel on Hidden Dimensions June 5 2010, World Science Festival)

I am Albert Einstein, and I heartily approve of this blog, insofar as it seems to believe both in science and the importance of intellectual imagination, uncompromised by out of date emotions such as the impulse toward conventional religious beliefs, national aggression as a part of patriotism, and so on.   As I once remarked, the further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.   Certainly the application of the impulse toward blind faith in science whereby authority is treated as some kind of church is to be deplored.  As I have also said, the only thing ever interfered with my learning was my education. My name as you already perceive without a doubt is George Bernard Shaw, and I certainly approve of this blog, in that its guiding spirit appears to be blasphemous in regard to the High Church doctrines of science, and it flouts the censorship of the powers that be, and as I have famously remarked, all great truths begin as blasphemy, and the first duty of the truthteller is to fight censorship, and while I notice that its seriousness of purpose is often alleviated by a satirical irony which sometimes borders on the facetious, this is all to the good, for as I have also famously remarked, if you wish to be a dissenter, make certain that you frame your ideas in jest, otherwise they will seek to kill you.  My own method was always to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life magazine) One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways. – Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 9

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Expanded GUIDE TO SITE PURPOSE AND LAYOUT is in the lower blue section at the bottom of every home page.

Current site changes and explanations

April 8th, 2007

Owing to the sudden interruption of service by the previous server administrator, who pulled the plug on the server without warning to this blog and thus blocked access to our draft posts, we are waiting for these to be restored before proceeding.
Update: Chris Lansdown of Powerblogs has now sent these through, for which we thank him.

No sabotage from AIDS goons suspected

Contrary to the suspicions of some subscribers, this is not (as far as we know) due to any sabotage by those discomfited by the copious commentary carried on this blog in the service of traditional science, meaning science based on the best scientific literature, even though the AIDS goons and their higherups make it clear that they do not cherish that set of references as we do, and even are willing to adapt it to their claims rather than vice-versa. In fact, the HIV promoters in AIDS spend a good deal of their time trying to wrestle the square hole of their problematical studies to fit the round peg of their pet theory, with noticeable little result.

There are those who attack critics of their profitable paradigm by underhand methods including complaining to the critics’ employers that they are undermining the mainstream view in AIDS, but this interruption of NAR is not an example of this kind of nefarious deed, though others have experienced such outrages and have riposted in like manner, sad to say. We will provide details shortly.

The important point for outsiders to note is that good science doesn’t need underhand methods to defend it, so it should be clear that the mainstream defence squad are revealing their own weakness in adopting unscientific tactics.

Some posts yet to be recovered

Unfortunately in the process of moving some NAR posts from January and February have been mysteriously removed or truncated but since the previous server provider at least backed up our data before he shut down the server, they should be gettable backable.

We will put them back just as soon as the stratospherically talented codemeister gets through his beer refueling and untangles the inappropriately complicated form in which this backup was provided to him by the socially challenged previous provider. Pictures that go with posts have been rescued and will be added back soonest also.

Update on the irresponsibility of programmers

In a shocking development much to be regretted, NAR has been sabotaged a second time, this time by none other than Frank Lusardi, the knowledgeable programmer of major sites during the dot com boom who has helped the AIDS Wiki and other sites run by HIV∫AIDS science critics, and who kindly helped NAR establish this new platform on BlueHost using WordPress, another blog software which is proving out well as a substitute and expansion from Powrblogs, which unfortunately pulled the plug on this blog without warning in a payment dispute with another party.

After doing some sterling work to make Science Guardian/New AIDS Review look like its Powerblogs incarnation, adding back facilities such as Show/Hide, the unpredictable Lusardi, who achieved the basics in the nick of time but took many months to do so, suddenly abandoned ship for no reason that we know of and has gone AWOL, replying to email only that he has suffered enough “abuse” and was going to leave the remaining adjustments in our amateur hands, though we have no idea how to carry them out. He has not been heard from since ie for over a month, so we feel we should apologize for the small hitches and gaps that remain, such as the fact that urls in the text are not colored.

We have no idea how to make this and other adjustments and if anyone knows WordPress and can decipher the programming of a copy of WordPress which has been changed in minor ways, we beg them to get in touch with anthony@newaidsreview.com.

Among the things we want to fix are the temporary url we used while making the changeover – paradigmoverthrow.com – back to newaidsreview.com etc, to make the font on Comment pages read the same as the font in the posts, to make search work properly, and to fix analytics.

Most important, we need to change the heading of the blog to accommodate some design changes, add a photo etc. We have a good design already prepared but we do not know how to make the replacement without danger of disrupting the blog.

Thanks all.

Update June 20 Wed

Taking our life in our hands we pulled paradigmoverthrow.com as the basic url of this site and established it as scienceguardian.com, and to our amazement the enture blog did not vanish from the ether.

However, anyone who understands WordPress and how it might have been adapted in this case to display Science Guardian/New AIDS Review to look like its previous incarnation over at Powerblogs, please contact al@scienceguardian.com if you might help in correcting a few minor flaws left in this blog’s presentation.

One for example is that when you write a Page, it is listed at the top of the Page list in the right hand margin, but also at the top of the Post list,where it does not work as a link as it should, and needs removing. But only the unpredictable helper turned saboteur Frank Lusardi
knows how to fix it, unless someone more rational steps forward.

Update Aug 26 Sun

Problems persist. The display of this blog on Windows Internet Explorer is incorrect, it appears. Images may not display as anything but a dot, and the text may not differentiate between normal and blod font, rendering all as bold. This varies according to computer used. We apologize for the failure, which suggests to us the ongoing irresponsibility of Bill Gates, if not Frank Lusardi, whose sudden resignation we have not ever had explained. Possibly he was tortured by email from a certain Mexican compadre south of the border, whom he was also helping, and we got included in his reaction. Whatever the case, the ongoing failings of his adaptation of WordPress are a constant embarrassment to this blog, and we apologize mightily for the inconvenience.

Wed Nov 28 2007 – Reduce the Heading of the Blog from this

Science Guardian
Science and science politics
***Global Health Review***New AIDS Review***New Science Review***Paradigm Review***
Challenges and achievements in health, science and human welfare
News and comment on scientific and political progress in fighting poverty and ill health worldwide, with particular focus on examining assumptions anew, and exploiting scientific and technological truths buried in the literature and overlooked by the media
Special coverage of current paradigms and their dissent, with no prejudice against the mavericks, “denialists”, future Nobelists and other independent minds who question scripture, judging truth only by the peer-reviewed scientific literature, but also double checking that for internal politics, data mismanagement, self-interested misinterpretation and other understandable but sometimes deadly human foibles*
*Invitation to all realists: please join us in defending good science against ambition, arrogance, avarice, backscratching, bootlicking, browbeating, bullying, careerism, closemindedness, censoring, club membership, coercing, collegiality, competitiveness, confidence tricks, conformity, convention, cooking the books, competing for credit, corruption of power, cowardice, credulity, crowd psychology, currying favor, cv expansion, deceit, defensiveness, delusions of grandeur, gratitude, discretion, dissembling, dogmatism, dreams of glory, embarrassment, empire building, envy, experimental bias, false hope, fanciful theorizing, family loyalty, fashion, fear and loathing, fear mongering, flag waving, flocking, fondness for the status quo, friendship, group loyalty, grant seeking, herd instinct, homophobia, hubris, human error, hypocrisy, iatrogenic ignorance, ideology, illogic, instigating panic, institutional affiliation, intimidation, irrationality, insanity, job retention, kowtowing, lack of controls, laziness, lickspittle press reporting, loyalty to superiors, lying, lynch mob mentality, maintenance of parents, wives, mistresses and offspring, media stenography, mental inertia, mentor allegiance, misdirection, misunderstanding, naivete, narcissism, Nobel hunting, obedience, obeisance, opportunism, overclaiming, panic, paradigm protection, patron pandering, peer pressure, perks, preconceptions, privileges and prizes, piety, politicking, political pressures, popularity, power seeking, pseudoscience, prejudice, preserving face, prevarication, pride, protectionism, Ptolemaic rationalizing, public relations, PubMed illiteracy, pusillanimity, racism, rage, rationalization, religion, religious instinct, respectability, reputation enhancing, resistance to change, rivalry, scheming for advancement, self-deception, self-interest, self-justification, self-promotion, scientific illiteracy, shame, sloth, slow wittedness, smug orthodoxy, social acceptance, status seeking, stupidity, terrorizing, thievery, timidity, toadying, trickery, tribalism, truthiness, unchecked error copying, uninformed certainty, witch hunting, worship of authority, vanity, venality, veneration, virus hunting, wishful thinking, worship of authority and all other primeval forces of human nature flowing through modern social systems.
“Man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.”
“Wretches hang that jurymen may dine” – Pope
Separating fact from fiction – every statement entirely accurate except where irony intended, and often then.

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Science and science politics

Challenges and achievements in fighting poverty and ill health worldwide, examining assumptions and exploiting truths buried in the literature and overlooked by the media

Covering paradigms and their dissent, with no prejudice against the mavericks, “denialists”, future Nobelists and other independent minds who question scripture, judging truth by the peer-reviewed scientific literature, while double checking that for politics, data management, misinterpretation and other understandable but unfortunate human foibles (see foot of page for complete list)

“Wretches hang that jurymen may dine” – Pope

Separating fact from fiction – every statement entirely accurate except where irony intended, and often then.

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If anyone versed in these things is reading this, here is the code which appears for the logo of the blog. Would appreciate it very much if anyone knows how to change it, add a picture, and so on:

Nov 29 2007 Time to get rid of the title New AIDS Review, the topic is too alienating to general readers. From now on, the blog will be known as Science Guardian.

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