We return to the latest fusillade in the Amazon wars over a great book by our Pal, Dr. Harvey Bialy.
1. Dr. Peter Duesberg, a member of the National Academy of Science, continues his remarkable scientific career, where he created (then ultimately rejected) the oncogene theory of cancer, refuted the viral theory of AIDS, and resurrected the aneuploidy theory of cancer.
2. Dr. Harvey Bialy, former scientific editor of Nature BioTechnology, wrote a great book about Doc Duesberg.
3.Now, the highly esteemed, Dr. Lynn Margulis, and her colleague, James MacAllister, have joined the fray at Amazon, writing a remarkably, eloquent, coherent, informative and provocative review of Bialy's book. In a nutshell, Dr. Margulis thought the book a "riveting narrative [that] documents the troubling censorship and punishment of a tenacious scientist seeking answers."
Ok, so who is Dr. Margulis, you ask?
1. She is a distinguished Professor of Geosciences at University of Massachussets at Amherst, and a member of the National Academy of Science;
2. She received the Presidential Medal of Science in 1999 from President Clinton;
3. Overcoming much entrenched bad scientific dogma, she developed the brilliant "endosymbiosis theory" -- --which posits, essentially, that cellular mitochondria were once independent critters, gobbled up by more sophisticated organisms as evolution progressed thru the ages.
4. Richard Dawkins once wrote about her:
I greatly admire Lynn Margulis's sheer courage and stamina in sticking by the endosymbiosis theory, and carrying it through from being an unorthodoxy to an orthodoxy. I'm referring to the theory that the eukaryotic cell is a symbiotic union of primitive prokaryotic cells. This is one of the great achievements of twentieth-century evolutionary biology, and I greatly admire her for it
5. She was once married to the great Astro-Biologist, Carl Sagan.
In short, her credentials, achievements and guts in challenging the experts in her field (and prevailing) can only be questioned by the rankest of amateur poseurs, who have staked their lives and fortune on the bogus oncogene theory of cancer -- and even more bogus viral theory of AIDS
So, what does she think about Bialy, Duesberg, the book, and the science? A few excerpts from her Review at Amazon:
On Duesberg and Bialy:
Bialy and Duesberg are foremost excellent scientists who follow David Bohm's adage "Science is the search for truth, whether we like it or not". It strains credulity to ascribe any other motivation to their stance.
Peter Duesberg continues his splendid 35-year research career at the University of California at Berkeley...
On the Book:
"..hotly contested...rivetting narrative..."
On the Science:
We find the paucity of evidence published in standard peer-reviewed primary scientific journals that leads to the conclusion that "HIV causes AIDS" appalling. No amount of moralizing censorship, rhetorical tricks, consensus of opinion, pulling rank, obfuscation, ad hominem attacks or blustering newspaper editorials changes this fact. The conflation "HIV-AIDS" may be good marketing but is it science? No.
We nominate and declare Dr. Margulis as our Scientist of the Week. We hereby retire the award in her name. Check out the review and buy the book!