Episode 18, The Fourth Estate: Anti-vaxxers and problems in science

What if people who oppose vaccines aren’t anti-science but pro-science? After all, the warning against the MMR vaccine didn’t arise from Crazed Housewives of Hollywood. It was published in one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, The Lancet.

Some folks who worry about vaccines are still reading about the original article (aided by luminaries like Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy) though Andrew Wakefield’s article has been long since disproven and retracted.

On today’s edition of The Fourth Estate we survey science, scientific journals, scientists and scientism. I love science and have been fascinated by it since I was a kid. This was a fun, though research intensive, episode.

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Episode Notes

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud, Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Exposed: Andrew Wakefield and the MMR-autism fraud, BrianDeer.com

RETRACTED: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children, The Lancet

Retractions rise to nearly 700 in fiscal year 2015 (and psst, this is our 3,000th post), RetractionWatch.com

Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Scientific Journals are ‘faith based’: is there science behind Peer review?, JRSM

How Gobbledygook Ended Up in Respected Scientific Journals, Slate

Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal, WAPO

How science goes wrong, The Economist

Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false, Quartz

Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce, PLOS ONE

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals, The Guardian

How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science, Randy Shekman, Nobel Prize winner

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