ScienceBlogs Book Club

1 Oct

I was very honoured to be asked to participate in the latest round of the ScienceBlogs Book Club.

ScienceBlogs Book Club

ScienceBlogs Book Club

The ScienceBlogs Book Club is exactly as it sounds – a discussion round table on a particular science related book. In this instance, the book in question is Dr Paul Offit’s Autism’s False Prophets.

This promises to be a very interesting discussion, mostly because numbered amongst the contributors is Dr. Offit himself. The full line up of contributors is:

Dr. Offit
Professor Bob Park
and me.

A rather intimidating line up in which to ply my blogging wares. Everyone except me is either a Doctor or a Professor. It does feel a little like being made to sit outside the Headmasters office (again).

All joking aside, it really is an honour to be asked to blog alongside such heavy hitters (even if I do know two of the bloggers pretty well) and I hope to be making sure I am talking as much about autism and the future of autism research as I am vaccines. I think Dr. Offit – given his final chapter – will approve of that.

So – come across and participate. I’d like to see UK-ers over there too if possible (Rutty, I’m thinking of you 😉 ).

6 Responses to “ScienceBlogs Book Club”

  1. Ms. Clark October 1, 2008 at 08:19 #

    It will be interesting to see how the mercury malicia contingency handle themselves in that discussion (I’m assuming some of the more active activist types will show up to make boobs of themselves), if they will be able to address the real points made in Dr. Offit’s book, as opposed to trying to smear him (the usual fare dished out by the militant mercury/vaccine phobes). Maybe David Kirby will finally show up and answer some actual questions?

    I’d like to see someone give “facilitated communication” a little fleshing out. I think there may have been a lot of abuse of FC in the 1980s, but given what we know about the way autistics can teach themselves to read (hyperlexia) and that they can have problems with controlling their hand movements, it is reasonable that some might be able to touch letters (in the beginning when first learning) only when someone is touching the autistic person’s hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder.

    Also, I’m not entirely clear that all the research that was done that pointed to FC being not what it seemed to be was done with ASD people. It was also used for children/adults with other disabilities.

    And I’d like to see someone add Ivar Lovaas to the gallery of “False Prophets.” He belongs there more than Douglas Biklen does, in my opinion. A lot of what we see in abusive biomed is a reaction to hyping of the Lovaas/DTT/ABA sales pitch.

  2. Kassiane October 1, 2008 at 09:33 #

    I got the book this morning, completely by surprise. I’ll be on the discussion. Couldn’t put it down (and really needed to). The discussion will be great.

  3. Dawn October 1, 2008 at 11:55 #

    I’ll be on the discussion later today (when I get home from work). So glad you are on the panel, Kev. Reading the panel members, it’s going to be a great discussion.

    Ms. Clark – it was fun reading about you in Dr. Offit’s book. I didn’t know where the name “Autism Diva” came from before that!

  4. rutty October 1, 2008 at 17:02 #

    Heh. Well, I’m a fan of a few Science Blogs and I enjoy the discussions around this sort subject, so I’ve subscribed to the feed and I’ll be reading what comes up.

    I’m sure you’ll hold your own Kev – you’re rather good at expressing your opinion from a very knowledgeable standpoint. 😉

  5. kristina October 2, 2008 at 05:05 #

    “heavy hitters”? Kev, you mean yourself too of course!

    if you’re sitting outside the Headmaster’s office it’s because there’s a deep need to hear what you’ve got to say….


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