Peer-pressure in science & medicine, two recent quotes.

Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review
A number of independent scientists have said they've been subjected to orchestrated campaigns to discredit them when their research exposed vaccine safety issues, especially if it veered into the topic of autism. We asked [Helen] Ratajczak how she came to research the controversial topic. She told us that for years while working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was restricted as to what she was allowed to publish. "I'm retired now," she told CBS News. "I can write what I want."
CERN chief forbids “interpretation” of CLOUD results
Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN: In the experiment, CLOUD investigates the influence of cosmic rays on cloud formation, using radiation coming from the accelerator. And in an experimental chamber one can study, under controlled conditions, how the formation of droplets depends on the radiation and particulate matter. The results will be published shortly. I have asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them. That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate. One has to make clear that cosmic radiation is only one of many parameters.
Original German: Beim Experiment „Cloud“ geht es darum, den Einfluss der Höhenstrahlung auf die Wolkenbildung zu untersuchen. Die dafür genutzte Strahlung kommt aus dem Beschleuniger. Und in einer Experimentierkammer kann unter kontrollierten Bedingungen erforscht werden, wie die Tröpfchenbildung von der Strahlung und Schwebstoffen abhängt. Die Ergebnisse werden in Kürze veröffentlicht. Ich habe die Kollegen gebeten, die Ergebnisse klar dazustellen aber nicht zu interpretieren. Damit würde man sich sofort in die hochpolitische Arena der Klimawandeldiskussion begeben. Man muss sich darüber klar sein, dass es sich bei der Höhenstrahlung nur um einen von sehr vielen Parametern handelt.
These two quotes are yet more examples of how scientists are pressured into going along with the politically correct views. One can infer from the fact that CERN scientists are forbidden to publicly interpret their research that it most likely supports Svensmark's cosmic ray - cloud cover theory and therefore contradicts the AGW-alarmist view. You can be sure that if it refuted Svensmark's theory, the scientists would be free to announce that fact everywhere and they would be hailed as heroes who refuted 'denialist' propaganda. This is a perfect illustration of how the scientific community is plagued with group-think and peer-pressure.

Helen Ratajczak's quote about how she is now able to investigate vaccines now that she is retired is even more disturbing. She knows the game. She knows that doctors and scientists aren't allowed to question the safety of vaccines if they value their careers. The fact that scientists working in such an important field are forbidden from asking certain questions is deeply disturbing.

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