I mentioned this last night at the Skeptics In The Pub session, but couldn’t recall the specifics of the exchange. If you’re new, I’m @xinit0 on twitter. I’ve edited the twitter postings below slightly to make them read in English where appropriate, and linked to the original posts on Twitter.
Me: Oh dear. Leslie Winkle recommends anti-vaxxer doc RT @thesaragilbert … @JayGordonMDFAAP because he is not afraid to think outside the box
Doc Jay: @xinit0 I’m back in the box HuffPo. Vaccine/Autism. http://tinyurl.com/n46kaj
Where Jay uses a bad car metaphor to explain how he’s not anti-vaccine any more than he’s anti-car at the rather anti-vaccine and anti-science HuffingtonPost;
“Asking that cars be manufactured with more attention to safety and that driving is best when done safely does not make one “anti-car” or anti-driving. Asking for safer vaccinations and more judicious use of those we have does not make me or anyone else “anti-vaccine.”
Me: @JayGordonMDFAAP continuing your car analogy, should a mechanic trust only a car owner’s “feeling” that the gas she’s using caused her broken axle? No.
Doc Jay: @xinit0 Good one. Silly, but still good.
For context, Doctor Jay Gordon’s celebrity puppet Jenny McCarthy and her celebrity puppet Jim Carrey go on and on about how important a mother’s intuition and feelings are in diagnosing a child. I call bullshit.