Out of all the Responses Four Arguments Have Emerged. Three of These Things are not Like the Other... 24 March 2004
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Tony Floyd,
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Newcastle University, Newcastle Australia 2308

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Re: Out of all the Responses Four Arguments Have Emerged. Three of These Things are not Like the Other...

Two hundred and fifty four Rapid Responses on and four lines of argument have emerged:

1. HIV/AIDS is very bad. It kills a lot of people (1).

and

2. AIDS is very bad. It kills a lot of people. HIV exists and is a retrovirus. Something else is the cause of AIDS (2).

and

3. AIDS is very bad. It kills a lot of people. HIV however doesn't exist at all. They've all somehow got it wrong, even the leading dissident Duesberg who holds view number 2. We have an entirely different theory as to what causes AIDS (3).

and finally:

4. HIV/AIDS is very bad. It kills a lot of people. HIV exists, but was brought here by aliens (4).

As much as we all love an underdog, until one of the 'others' performs an experiment to prove their point rather than making dubious conclusions from research papers as above, they will continue to convince no one but the posse of internet conspiracy fanatics they attract. I am not sure what to say about argument 4.

References:

(1) The prevailing argument supported by all but the ardent supporters of alternative views, see (2) through (4).

(2) Various Rapid Responses by David Rasnick & as published by himself and Peter Duesberg.

(3) Various Rapid Responses by the 'Perth Group.'

(4) Smith JQ. And now for something completely different.. BMJ Rapid Response. 31 July 2003.

Competing interests: Sesame Street may have contributed to the title.