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[19 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Tom’s Dumb Vaccine Argument

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Last week I got into a heated argument with my friend Tom over vaccines.  Now, normally Tom is a very logical fellow.  But I should have been prepared for the discussion to turn ugly– vaccines being so pregnant with issues about justice, public goods, the role of the individual in society, and the role of government in our lives.  He even warned me going in about how he has soured friendship.  Hagwash I thought.  Any reasonable person could see the logic of my argument.  But nooooo.
I …

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[23 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Behavioral Economics and the Autism Debate

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Recently for my day job I have been reading up on behavioral economics as it relates to banking.  In my research I stumbled upon, of all things, an article on the autism-vaccine debate.
Behavioral economics concerns itself with the cognitive biases that impact how we make decisions, particularly in ways that diverge from rational choice theory, the foundation of classical economics.
Here is an example:
Suppose I tell you that you can drive 10 minutes down the street and purchase an iPhone for $400.  However, if you drive an …

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[18 Jul 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Loyalties

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My mom came for a visit last week.  She brought in hand a pamphlet from UCLA Medical Center stating that a Federal Court had concluded, there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism.  The pamphlet states, it is proven that vaccines are safe.
The pamphlet angered me in how disingenuous it was.  It is true that there is not any overwhelming evidence to support the idea that the MMR vaccine causes autism.  But there is also no evidence to support the conclusion that the current vaccine schedule …

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[28 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

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It is a very comprehensive review of the existing literature and as I have mentioned previously, deals almost exclusively with digested aluminum, not injected.  I am not sure how significance of a difference this makes, not understanding the biochemistry at play.
There is an interesting chart, showing that after initial injections when the infant ins only about 60 days old, there is a sharp peak of aluminum levels (presumably …