Reply to Floyd: 'HIV' Fundamentalists are today's 'Flat Earthers' 7 February 2005
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Alexander H Russell,
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Re: Reply to Floyd: 'HIV' Fundamentalists are today's 'Flat Earthers'

In replying to my rapid response Floyd sarcastically stated:

"I think Google is a great search engine, however search with "is the earth flat?" and you get several assurances that it is indeed. If I put up my own web site stating that Philip Mortimer (or any other credentialed virologist) decided that HIV didn't exist you might find it with Dr Google, but that doesn't mean it is true."

Floyd's absurd allusion to "is the flat earth" with those who argue that "HIV didn’t exist” is entirely inept since the original 'flat earthers’ were the vast majority – the established view point – and not the dissenters – the minority view point. Indeed: it is 'HIV' Believers who are today's 'flat earthers'.

Floyd concludes: "Asking for a reference was not meant to get under your skin Mr Russell. Us mere students are taught to always check the evidence and the credibility of the source if available."

If you "mere students are taught to always check the evidence and the credibility of the source if available" you will find out that Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo did not isolate 'HIV' in the first place. There is absolutely no point in Floyd endlessly citing references at BMJ rapid responses if he himself does not rigorously critique and deconstruct them.

Floyd (like Bennett, Noble and Flegg) likes to give the impression of intellectual rigour by quoting us an endless list of (worthless) references to authorise, sanction and legitimate his (lack of) argument(s).

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