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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Vaccine of No?

    by , 08-16-2020 at 05:34 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Life is a Gamble


    It seems that some people are lining up to refuse that Coronavirus vaccines that are being developed. That might be a good gamble, but vaccines have saved many, many more lives than they have hurt, but the odds vary dramatically from disease to disease.

    The first vaccine was for Smallpox, and the word “vaccine” was derived from that, because a culture of Cowpox was given to a healthy person, who would develop immunity from that. Since Cowpox ...
  2. Facts Versus Myths

    by , 12-14-2018 at 07:12 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Facts Versus Myths

    Once again today, I encountered someone who was unwilling to accept facts as facts and opined that facts were opinions, and that their "facts" were opinions. This is the kind of thinking that states as fact that someone turned water into wine, or some other absurdity was actually done. Such things also show up in politics, and I expect that ignorance of history together with a desire that certain things are the bases for culture lead people to decide to ...

    Updated 12-14-2018 at 08:41 PM by PeterL

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  3. Persistence of Ignorance

    by , 12-24-2016 at 04:55 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Earlier today I was shocked to learn that there still are people in Amherst, Massachusetts who think General Jeffrey Amherst had something to do with spreading smallpox among the Indian, and even worse some even think that he did that in Western Massachusetts.

    I previously blogged about this at:
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...nd-the-Indians
    And there is an excellent article about the matter at:
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/27774278...n_tab_contents ...