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Certainty

A couple of days ago I was referring to my copy of Smoking: The Cancer Controversy by Sir Ronald Fisher, published in 1959. The book opens with a letter he had written in 1957, which begins: Your annotation on “Dangers … Continue reading

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Don’t Tell Me What To Think

I’m not inclined to believe experts. I’m not inclined to trust authorities. When I was a postgraduate in Bristol university 40 years ago, tasked to build an building electronic heat flow simulation model, I found that one of the pieces … Continue reading

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The Fatal Resort To Force

I’ve been thinking for the past few days about how things are going for the antismokers in Tobacco Control. And I think they’re getting into increasing difficulties. They’ve actually been very successful over the past 50 or 60 years in … Continue reading

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Beyond The Fringe

James Delingpole and the Daily Caller have drawn attention to a letter in the Guardian signed by 60 assorted worthies, the thrust of which is found in one of its closing lines: We will no longer debate those who deny that … Continue reading

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The Wright Stuff

I’ve spent my life building models. As a boy I built model buildings, and I bombarded model soldiers in model fortresses with model shells fired by model artillery pieces. And I built model dinosaurs from matches. And I built model … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Ideas

I’ve been trying to remember the geography lessons I got taught, aged 10, back in about 1960. I seem to remember that there were three kinds of rocks: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. Igneous rocks came from deep inside the Earth, … Continue reading

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Arrogance

The people in Tobacco Control are arrogant. They think they know what’s good for everybody else. They have no hesitation calling for smoking bans to be imposed on other people. The bans may smash communities and bankrupt businesses, but they … Continue reading

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