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Being autistic reflects what being human intrinsically is, but often magnified.
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AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogas, File Reviews of the Andrew Wakefield-directed "Vaxxed" film are dribbling in, and they're not flattering. As the New York Times reported, "several dozen people" turned up for the premiere in Manhattan. Rebecca Robbins from Stat tweeted from the premiere: Not a huge crowd here. Writing at Indiewire, [...]
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You have no idea what kind of consideration I gave to doing my job in this
instance so allow me to detail: I think it was important to disallow this
movie from having the Tribeca imprimatur, which its makers would then have
been allowed to trumpet if it had appeared at the festival along with a
panel discussion, regardless of what else happened. I think it is important
also, however, that actual movie critics attend to and review it, which
they might not have done had it not gotten this attention outside the
circles of the usual suspects. That carries far more weight generally than
anything an insider has to say. Finally, with De Niro's example of changing
his mind came an opportunity to show people how that actually works, with a
high-profile person and non-scientist doing it. When I make the decisions I
do about doing my job, I take a very long view of outcomes that is in part
predicated on more than a decade of experience and on an understanding of
how change percolates outside of an echo chamber. These film reviews were
exactly what I had anticipated, and I think they mean far more on a broad
scale than anything insiders on either side would have to say. The movie
does not speak for itself to the non-choir, and that's a big deal. My job
is not publicity, and regardless of what true believers think on either
side, I will do it according to the guiding ethics of my profession. Thanks.
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De Niro is a great actor. He is not, however, someone you'd describe at first or even second look as a scientist.
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I like hearing about people changing their opinions when confronted with evidence 
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These mice were stuffed to the gills with sucralose, but it seemed to reduce cancer rates in the females while increasing them in males--but only at a couple of doses while not doing so at doses in between. In other words, this one doesn't make a ton of sense, and apparently, that's not a new phenomenon for this group.
Headlines say sucralose (Splenda) is linked to cancers in rats. The study behind the headlines, however, says something a little different.
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The most unfortunate thing for mental health wasn't Sanders' lame joke at this debate.
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Forbes = no read, because they block ad block. I will not go defenseless.
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It is irresponsible to withhold the tools that young people need to minimize the risks of our most biologically compelling behaviors.
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And a German study finds that, too.
The consensus is that glyphosate wasn't expected to bioaccumulate in breast milk in the first place.
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Without a world willing to step from awareness to acceptance, having autism will be like being in hell for a lot of autistic people.
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It'd be really great if we could start with "not portraying them as dangerous sociopaths in the media".
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What Tyson seems not to know about sex could--and has--filled many, many books.
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As parents, we made some consciously not-green choices in our need to accommodate disability. But abled folks make such choices all the time, too. It's not just oranges. It's apples, too, and a whole lot more.
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A nice review from Kirkus Reviews of The Informed Parent, by Tara Haelle and Me. :)
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Biologist, writer, and editor. Cranky but cheerful. I enjoy lively discussions that some people think of as "arguments."
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  • UT-Austin
    English, B.A.
  • UT-Austin
    Biological sciences, Ph.D.
  • UCSF
    Postdoc, pediatric urology