Skeptiles: Episode 44 – Dr. Paul Offit

Skeptiles: Episode 44 – Dr. Paul Offit

Skeptiles  Skeptiles for Monday, July 15th, 2013; we start the show with a discussion of the George Zimmerman trial verdict and then we welcome our guest, renowned vaccine advocate and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Paul Offit and discuss his new book “Do You Believe in Magic?
The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.” Finally, Joe brings us fresh Arrested Developments.

NOTE: Dr. Paul Offit’s interview begins around the 12:30 mark

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One Reply to “Skeptiles: Episode 44 – Dr. Paul Offit”

  1. Dr Paul was brilliant – great guest! I do have one minor issue with something that was joked about; homoeopathy. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think homoeopathic remedies work or anything, but when ever it’s discussed the thing that people always latch on to is the amount of dilution involved and how ‘you would need a sugar pill the size of the galaxy to get a single molecule of the original ingredient’ or some-such unlikely illustration, yet this is a complete straw-man argument – no homoeopath (as far as I know) claims that the treatment works due to the original ingredient, rather that the way it is diluted causes the water molecule to ‘resonate’ with the original ingredient and to ‘remember’ aspects of it (with hints that it then triggers our own immune response since he original ingredients are often related to the thing they’re trying to cure, much like vaccines). I know it’s funny to think about the dilution illustrations, but it really has nothing to do with the claims made and dodges their actual points, something I hate creationists doing and so makes me cringe when sceptics also do it. There are many fine arguments against homoeopathy; no experiments have found water has a ‘memory’ (and some have been done), and best of all, metastudies of gold-standard double-blind tests of homoeopathic remedies have shown no difference from placebos! These are the points that should be highlighted as they are the strongest arguments against the actual claims of homoeopaths!

    Anyhow, I thought the analysis of the Northern Ireland conflict was spot on! Although ostensibly religious, it has roots far more in hatred stoked amongst the Irish by the British acting like complete cunts to them (at one point it was actually illegal for Irish children to have an education!), and since Britain was Protestant that seemed to polarise the Irish towards Catholicism. Quite frankly I can sympathise with Irish Republicans, even extremists (though I agree with Shaun McBride that recourse to violence is counter-productive when there are legal avenues available, which is why he stopped violence when Ireland was independent and went on to help found Amnesty) – I can just imagine how the English would act if France had annexed a large chunk of Cornwall after being booted out!

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