Slate.com posted a pointed article yesterday describing the most recent, biggest, and perhaps definitively final federal court decision that concludes that autism and vaccines are not linked. To believe they are linked, Special Master Denise Vowell wrote is "to emulate Lewis Carroll's White Queen and be able to believe six impossible (or at least highly improbable) things before breakfast."
The end of this particular debate also got me thinking about the potential for junk science to be on the decline in other ways too, particularly in light of the end of the Bush era. Along those lines, here are a list of my top 5 Bush scientific "truths" that we, the public, should no longer be forced to swallow before actually getting to eat our breakfast:
2. the availability of sufficient stem cell lines for research purposes
3. the irrefutable effectiveness of abstinence-only programs
4. the inability of condoms to prevent transmission of HIV
5. the purposelessness of wetlands in maintaining an ambient environment
I don't know about you but I'm feeling less nauseous already.