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Storytelling vs. science

Violent metaphors

Things are not always what they seem. Things are not always what they seem.

Several organizations exploit vulnerable parents by claiming that they can “cure” their children’s autism through various approaches.

As Left Brain, Right Brain observes, these “autism cure” movements persist because of the power of storytelling:

“Nothing sells unproven “treatments” like testimonials. For autism it has been true since the days of chelation and even before that. Tell people that your “treatment” cures autism and you have testimonials to show it and you can just about guarantee sales.”

As we all know, anecdotes aren’t scientific evidence, but they do appeal to us on an emotional level. Unfortunately, one woman’s recent experience has starkly illustrated just how untrustworthy such stories actually are.

Camile Saulnier (a pseudonym) was recently given a book by Kerri Rivera called “Healing the Symptoms known as Autism”, which prescribed a “Treatment” for curing autism:

“I began looking into the background of CD/MMS…

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Why I am not Charlie

I am still processing my own thoughts on what has happened in France and I am now looking at the rest of the worlds reaction, I feel conflicted between free speech and it’s purported glorious stance in the western world, and I by no way condone what happened in France, but if you know people are known for extreme behaviour don’t poke them with a stick and be surprised by their reaction.

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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WordPress Meet and Greet #3 – All Bloggers Welcome

Hey thank you for the follow and thanks for giving me this opportunity, I very much appreciate it.

My Blog is: https://thethoughtsofaactivemind.wordpress.com/

If you want to see some photography, want to get involved in a photography project, or just want to see how my life goes from day to day then take a look!

Thank you once again!

Ben

HarsH ReaLiTy

Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network.

All bloggers are welcome to use this post as a “Self-Promotion” thread for their blog, projects, causes, writing, books, eBooks, food, fashion, or whatever you are into. You may post links, book covers, or whatever you like and feel free to revisit and leave a new comment as this thread will quickly fill up. I’ll leave this post as a sticky through May.

Hopefully some authors, photographers, painters, writers, and bloggers will take the opportunity to push their work. Please keep promotional comments on the posts dedicated for that purpose.

Feel free and re-blog or share this post. Thanks!

-OM

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Photography Concept

I am mostly appealing to the photographers on here with this but anyone who sees this and would like to partake and or knows someone who may want to partake please do read this and pass it on.

I want to start a photography concept and new piece of documentary. I live in a place that is regarded as run down, dirty, full of lazy people, people that don’t care, scroungers, people that live off handouts that kind of idea.

The area I live in may not be full of marble houses and gold plated streets but where I live is full of character, it has life. The people where I live make this place what it is, a funny, sarcastic, gritty, role your socks up and keep going place. We don’t have a lovely city or beautiful landscaped areas to go and walk in, we have social housing, roadworks, rubbish on the floor, our skyline is full of nothing but noise from where the sirens are going off and the police helicopter is flying overhead.

Saying all that I want to show that appearances can be deceiving, I want to get together a group of photographers, worldwide, nationwide (I am from the UK) any and all who want to participate. The aim is two fold, I want to capture the area I live in and dispel the connotation that where I live is just a dive, a hole, a pit of despair and misery, full of people no good for anything. I want others to do the same. Every country, county, state, area, geographical region has a area that is regarded in this way, not as good, full of lower, lesser people. The idea is simple, capture the character, the special something that gives the area its character and makes it a good place to live, Yes it may not be nice to look at but the people here are still good people, they have character, personality, the factors that actually count in life, not just looks.

If you are interested or want to talk to me further about this please email: benwilkiephotography@gmail.com or contact me on twitter @B_Wilkie2701