- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; 1 edition (April 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786430486
- ISBN-13: 978-0786430482
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,865,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a credible critique of the paradigm that AIDS is caused solely by the HIV retrovirus -- College & Research Libraries News 68 #6, June 2007
a measured, heavily referenced work . . . if you want to understand the HIV/AIDS story, read this -- Quadrant (Australia) July/August 2007, pp. 125-6: Sev Sternhell, "HIV/AIDS and Beyond"
a mirror for some of the major failings of HIV epidemiology . . . richly documented . . . asking good questions -- International Journal of STD & AIDS 18: 645-646, September 2007; John J Potterat "Attractive theory is not enough"
novel scientific arguments against the HIV/AIDS hypothesis . . . compelling response to . . ., "How could so many scientists be so wrong?" --reviewingaids.org
"I recommend the book very highly." --Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
About the Author
Henry H. Bauer is professor emeritus of chemistry and science studies and dean emeritus of arts and sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). The author of numerous books, including a three-volume examination of scientific heterodoxies, he lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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I was challenged, and I replied in a very ungracious and emphatic way. “It has two!”, I blustered.
I remember the episode to this day, not because I was pointed out to be in error, but because I behaved so ungraciously to George. I should have thanked George, deferring to someone that had actually seen the inside of an automobile engine. People would have laughed.
My reaction was emotional, immediate, and unthinking. It didn’t even consider that if the facts were checked I would easily be seen to be wrong. (And George, I do apologize.)
Professor Bauer’s quote from the philosopher Bertrand Russell (p. 234) points out what was going on with me:
“If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. If someone maintains that two and two are five, or that Iceland is on the Equator, you feel pity rather than anger, unless you know so little of arithmetic or geography that his opinion shakes your own contrary opinion. … So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard, you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.”
You can’t fail to notice, reader, the decidedly different attitudes of those that support the HIV/AIDS theory and those that dissent. (For example, see that reviews of Professor Bauer’s book by people in these two groups.)
In general, the dissident authors write detailed comments on scientific, philosophical, sociological, economic, and/or psychological points. People supporting the HIV/AIDS theory get angry.
People supporting the HIV/AIDS theory never address the scientific points made by the dissidents, they get angry, indulge in name calling, or both.
It was Professor Bauer’s work in science studies that got him involved with the situation with HIV/AIDS. Basically, he had seen many places where science had gone wrong in the past. And these look like what is going on in HIV/AIDS right now.
“The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory” is an excellent book. Like an investigative reporter, Professor Bauer digs into CDC documents on record to trace the origin of the theory—convicting the establishment out of their own mouths.
Do you want to know where HIV/AIDS theory fails? Read this book. Do you want to know why the theory persists? Read this book. Do you want to know how and why it all came about? Read this book.
Or maybe you don’t want to know these things. They make you angry.
It trots out the standard HIV denialist points. HIV does not exist; even if HIV does exist, it does not cause AIDS; HIV is not sexually transmitted; tests for HIV are demonstrative of something entirely different; scientists who believe otherwise are gullible fools caught up in scientific orthodoxy. If these scientists would just approach the data with an open mind, the HIV denialists claim, they would see the light and understand how wrong they have been.
In many respects this is a typical HIV denialist text in that it brings out all of the usual denialist talking points. What distinguishes it from most others is that it purports to be based on peer-reviewed journal articles. Indeed, the book is replete with charts and diagrams that appear to be meta-analyses of the data found in these articles. Data from multiple articles are pulled together in the interest of forming a broader, more solid foundation for the author's arguments.
Unfortunately, however, the author's claims are fundamentally unsound and have been proven false on multiple occasions. HIV *does* exist. It was isolated and cultured in the 1980s. We now even have electron microscopic photographs of the virus, The structure of the virus is known in great detail, including all of the constituent proteins that make up the virus particle. That the virus is sexually transmitted or causes AIDS is disputed only by the HIV denialists, who adopt the flimsiest evidence and specious, tautological arguments.
One common argument advanced by the HIV denialists is that HIV/AIDS does not behave like any other sexually transmitted infection. This may be true, but this fact is not an argument that HIV does not cause AIDS. This text's author adopts many of the familiar moralistic claims put forth by other HIV denialists to explain the HIV/AIDS phenomenon: AIDS is caused by the "fast lane lifestyle" of homosexuals including "careless promiscuity" and abuse of multiple drugs.
Such an explanation of course does not explain how hemophiliacs or recipients of tainted blood transfusions were infected by the virus, or how the virus was transmitted to African American heterosexual women in rural areas. This text makes the preposterous claim that HIV can be determined by two factors alone: race and population density. I'm sure this claim eases the mind of the black heterosexual women living in the Mississippi delta region which does not have a dense population in any sense of the word.
Aside from its claims that are demonstrably untrue, the book is full of inconsistencies. The author may spend many paragraphs attempting to establish a point, and then, a paragraph after this point has been "proven" the author then proceeds with the assumption that the opposite of what he has just "proven" is true.
Despite its attempts to give HIV denialism a solid scientific footing, the book fails at doing so. The tables and graphs look impressive, but in reality they are just window dressing to support the author's credulous claims. A better rebuttal would require examining the sources used by the author in order to see if those sources do in fact support the interpretations made by the author, but that undertaking is beyond the scope of this review. The flaws mentioned above are sufficient to discredit the book, and relegate it to the trash heap of other HIV denialist books where it belongs.
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