Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bob Carrol comments on thimerosal

Bob Carroll, the author of the Skeptic's Dictionary featured in the Links section, has offered some strong criticism of Robert Kennedy's Deadly Immunity article which alleged that the government hid data revealing a potential link between thimerosal and autism. Skeptico blog provides the link and offers some commentary.

Reading through these critiques and looking into the matter more thoroughly I am reminded of the importance of not allowing personal bias to lead us to draw premature conclusions, something I think I myself was guilty of for posting a link to Kennedy's article without checking to see if his accusations had any merit.


John Lombard said...

Hmm, I didn't know that. I like Robert Kennedy (he always sounds very nervous on the radio) but I have to go with Bob Carroll on this one. I suppose thimerosal really isn't tied to autism. I don't like the idea of the Bush Administation stepping in to protect corporations from lawsuits but this mitigates it.

Hume's Ghost said...

That's the thing, you know, secrecy breeds suspicion. If the action is legitimate do it in the open and don't tack it somewhere in some unrelated bill where no one is ever going to see it.