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A New and Important Paper by Brian Martin

Contested Testimony in Scientific Disputes: the Case of the Origins of AIDS

Professor Brian Martin, the sociologist of science from Wollongong University, Australia, first entered the origins of AIDS debate in 1991, when he arranged for the publication of Louis Pascal's seminal monograph on the OPV theory: "What Happens When Science Goes Bad?". He has never concealed his belief that the OPV hypothesis has not been fairly treated by mainstream Science, and since about 1997, he has given me a great deal of helpful feedback on my work. During the last 15 years he has written a number of essays on origins-of-AIDS - and his sense of fairness and balance, plus his track-record as a defender of free speech in Science, have won the respect of all sides in the debate. At the Royal Society conference in 2000, he made a speech on "The burden of proof and the origin of AIDS" which caused a significant amount of defensive anger among supporters of Hilary Koprowski and the bushmeat theory. In his latest essay on "Contested Testimony", available here, he examines the question of whose testimony on key issues such as the CHAT campaigns in Africa (that gathered by Stanley Plotkin and associates, or that gathered by Edward Hooper and associates) is more likely to be reliable.

EH 3/11/07

Science Magazine Rejects Yet Another Submission

"Science" magazine rejects yet another submission that opposes the bushmeat hypothesis of AIDS origin.

On June 6th, 2006, I submitted the following letter ("The Origins of Pandemic HIV-1: A Different Hypothesis") to "Science" magazine, in response to Keele and Hahn's paper about Cameroonian chimp SIVs, published in late May in Science express.

This letter contains 300 words, the maximum permitted by Science for letters to the editor, and I also submitted a version at 358 words, which included some material about the flimsy nature of the phylogenetic dating of HIV-1.

On June 9th, I received a rejection note from "Science editorial" by e-mail. It did not afford the possibility of discussion or reply.

Given the history of rejection by Science and Nature of all submissions which question the hegemony of the bushmeat hypothesis of origin, this latest rejection letter is perhaps not surprising.

Review of Dephlogistication ...

Review of "Dephlogistication, Imperial Display, Apes, Angels, and the Return of
Monsieur Emile Zola" by Edward Hooper

Lawrence Hammar, Papua New Guinea Medical Journal Volume 47, No 1-2, Mar-Jun 2004, pp. 119-124.
Reprinted by kind permission of Lawrence Hammar and PNGMJ editor, Peter Siba.

Novel Attacks on HIV Move Closer to Reality

Novel Attacks on HIV Move Closer to Reality by Jon Cohen, appearing in Science Vol. 311, 17 February 2006.

Frontmatter from "Narrow Roads of Gene Land"

Frontmatter from "Narrow Roads of Gene Land - The Collected Papers of W. D. Hamilton, Volume 3 - Last Words", edited by Mark Ridley, ISBN 0-19-856690-5 (OUP, Oxford, 2005).

1959 Manchester Case of Syndrome Resembling AIDS

1959 Manchester Case of Syndrome Resembling AIDS, by Edward Hooper and Bill Hamilton, The Lancet, 348, 1363-1365 (1996). This version appears in "Narrow Roads of Gene Land - The Collected Papers of W. D. Hamilton, Volume 3 - Last Words", edited by Mark Ridley, ISBN 0-19-856690-5 (OUP, Oxford, 2005).

Bill Hamilton's Involvement with the OPV Theory

This article appears in "Narrow Roads of Gene Land - The Collected Papers of W. D. Hamilton, Volume 3 - Last Words", edited by Mark Ridley, ISBN 0-19-856690-5 (OUP, Oxford, 2005).

The Politics of a Scientific Meeting

The Politics of a Scientific Meeting: The Origin-of-AIDS Debate at the Royal Society by Brian Martin, from Politics and the Life Sciences 20 (2) 119-130 (September 2005).

A note of explanation about the late publication of this article

The official date on the published version of this article is September 2001, and yet it was actually published four years after that, in late 2005.

Comments on Worobey et al.'s Supplementary Information and Map

The supplementary information and map that Nature has just posted are rather interesting.

Oral Polio Vaccine: Fact Versus Fiction

Vaccine 22 (2004) 1831–1835

The AIDS Road to Hell

The Aids road to hell: is it paved with good intentions?

The pandemic began in Africa. Yes, but why and how?

Joseph Benarrous, Forthcoming in Politique Africaine Translated from the French.

It is not my intention in this study to comment on the staggering numbers of victims of the Aids pandemic, but rather to try and assess our knowledge to date as to what has caused the illness and the factors that have enabled it to spread so easily. This will also be an opportunity to bring to the fore once more, against the prevailing amnesia, the way in which the colonial powers have used Africa as a trial ground and Africans as experiment fodder, albeit under the guise of humanitarian aid. At the present time, when we are spending a lot of time holding forth on the physical impossibility of providing care in the poor countries, it is certainly difficult, but useful nonetheless, consider the question from an opposite standpoint.

Chimpanzees and Journalists

Editorial appearing in Vaccine 22 (2004) 1829–1830.

Truth and Science: Bill Hamilton's Legacy

Maria Luisa Bozzi, “Truth and science: Bill Hamilton’s legacy”, Atti dei Convegni Lincei; 2003; 187; 21-26. This is part of the proceedings of the round table conference on "Origin of HIV and Emerging Persistent Viruses", Rome, 28-29 September 2001.

Dephlogistication, Imperial Display, Apes, Angels, and the Return of Monsieur Émile Zola

The paper presented by Edward Hooper at the 2001 Lincei Conference, published in Atti dei Convegni Lincei; 2003; 187; 27-230.

This major essay, based on the speech Ed Hooper gave at the National Academy of Lincei, in Rome, in September 2001, was originally prepared for publication in the house journal, Atti dei Convegni Lincei. It is over 200 pages long, and represents Hooper's major published response to the web of disinformation and misleading claims that certain members of the scientific community have created in response to "The River", and in the wake of the Royal Society meeting on "Origins of HIV and the AIDS epidemic". Hooper suggests that this essay represents useful base-line reading for any visitors to this site who are seriously interested in the question of how the AIDS pandemic began.


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