Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy Carl Sagan Day

Celebrate reason and Carl Sagan's 76 birthday by reading one of his excellent books...

Among the best, of course, is:

If you haven't had a chance to read any of his books, start from this one, and it will most likely alter the way you see the world.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vaccine Awareness Week???

The anti-vaxers wanted this week to be a "Vaccine Awareness Week", so here it goes... a few good links to reinforce the importance of childhood vaccinations. Also, don't forget that getting booster shots later in life is equally important, as shown by a recent whooping cough outbreak in California: if you have a close contact with newborns (who are to young to get their pertussis shot), make sure you don't give them that nasty bug.

From the Science-Based Medicine blog:

What does “anti-vaccine” really mean?

Journal Club Debunks Anti-Vaccine Myths

Topic reference: Vaccines

from Orac:

The strange science and ethics of the anti-vaccine movement

and from our Northern neighbors:

The Faces of Vaccine (Un)awareness Week