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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Danger and Delusion: From ISIS to Ebola

There are very real dangers in the world, but let’s not lose all perspective. Perspective is everything. Don’t believe the hype. It must be stated directly: the majority of people have wildly irrational, and frankly delusional modes of thinking when it comes to risk assessment. And of course, pre-formed, unreflective opinions, that is, prejudice and . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Danger and Delusion: From ISIS to Ebola

CuriosityCat: Ebola, the President, and Quarantines: Who will protect Americans, and how?

Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox

Today we saw an ebola nurse defy the order of the Governor of her state to remain in quarantine, after she returned from ebola-stricken Africa.

Kaci Hickox took to the streets to indicate her opposition, by riding her bicycle. And Governor Paul LePage of Maine was not amused: Kaci Hickox . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ebola, the President, and Quarantines: Who will protect Americans, and how?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: US CDC Autism Prevalence Estimates Challenged

I didn’t see this autism “controversy” brewing. The authors of an article published  in the Sage Autism journal have challenged the credibility of the US CDC autism prevalence figures. The full article is on line and free for viewing (PDF also available free) at: Should we believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: US CDC Autism Prevalence Estimates Challenged

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Rates Reach New Epidemic Levels? Round Up the Usual Suspects!

“The usual suspects The people habitually suspected or arrested in response to a crime. The phrase is usually used in regard to scapegoats rather than actual perpetrators of the crime in question. This expression has a specific and unambiguous origin. It was spoken by Captain Louis Renault, the French prefect of police, played . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Rates Reach New Epidemic Levels? Round Up the Usual Suspects!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Epidemic? To Start With We Have to Use American Numbers 1in 88 Children, 1 in 54 Boys

The CDC in the US has released new numbers on the autism epidemic in the US.  It now estimates that 1in 88 children (1 in 54 boys) have an autism disorder.  There are no known, reliable estimates available for Canada which has not updated its autism estimates in several years.  The Harper government has . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Epidemic? To Start With We Have to Use American Numbers 1in 88 Children, 1 in 54 Boys