As readers of this blog know, Dario Ringach and others raised some rather nonsensical questions in response to some points I made in my blog Chimpanzees, Science, and Ethics. I try not to respond to such nonsense (it simply is not worth the time as there is a never-ending hoard of fallacies and other nonsense that vivisection activists could ask me to address).
However, occasionally I do respond if I think the points I will make in the response have not been made before or have not been made using that particular example before or may have been misunderstood (highly unlikely in most cases).
All-in-all, the responses don’t accomplish much as, a) if you understand our general argument before reading the response you don’t need further clarification and b) if people with a science background don’t understand the arguments by now it is probably because they don’t want to. The following is on The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe website.
It was their quote of the week for 2-9-11: "The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." -Leo Tolstoy from 'The Kingdom of God is Within You' (1894)
So, with that preamble, I now have the “vaccine essay” up on the AFMA website. I decided to write the essay, in part, because the vaccine spin put on our position by Ringach et al is different from anything I have ever heard before. Therefore I decided to use it to explain our position once again but in light of this particular spin/fallacy. Although I find arguing with vivisection activists akin to arguing with creationists, maybe there will be something in the essay that someone will find informative.