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Genesis 1, or the Creation of Western World

Genesis 1, due to the multiplicity of themes and ideas, is the denser chapter in the Bible and it is also the most influential story in the history of human literature, having shaped the world view of our global modern society.

Genesis 1 introduces the novel and original idea of time as a linear sequence: differently from all other creation stories, with its first three words ‘In the Beginning’establishes a beginning point in time that is to be followed by a causal and linear succession of events.

Creation (or the “filling” of the world) has a narrative that develops trough a definite and limited time of six days. Differently for many other creation accounts, time is not circular but linear, as in a chronicle of subsequent events.

It introduces also the three most fundamental differences that constitute the peculiarity of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic worldview:

  1. God, the creator, is different, a separated individual entity, from the universe that he had created;
  2. the whole of creation is created singularly in different times and all creatures are therefore not only different from the creator but indeed also different from each other;
  3. good” is the concept inset at the very act of the creation and it is arguably different from its opposite (‘[...] and God saw that the light was good.’) 1.
  • 1. The Bible NRSV, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995, Genesis, 1.4

Andrew Wakefield and the MMR swindle

Important introductory note: before watching the video we suggest reading the article that supplies all necessary information to a better understanding of the video.
 

The study published in “The Lancet" and the allegations of Brian Deer.

 
In 1998 Andrew Wakefield and other authors published a study on 12 children between 3 and 10 years old with a common development regression disorder in the prestigious medical review “The Lancet".1
 
The development of those children was normal for a number of months after which there was a loss of acquired abilities - among them were interaction with the rest of the world and speaking abilities – together with serious abdominal problems (acute pains and diarrhoea) lasting many months.
 
For 8 of the 12 children the result of the study related the abdominal symptoms to a recent MMR vaccination2 (anti- parotitis-measles-rubella), for one of them with a measles infection and for another with acute otitis media.
 
The paper concludes saying that a link between MMR vaccine and the described symptoms has not been found as the data are not sufficient to draw such a conclusion and further studies are needed in order to verify a possible relation with the vaccine.
 
Interviewed on the matter, Wakefield stated that instead of  carrying out the combined three it would be advisable to carry out single vaccinations only with some time between them until it had not been possible to undertake more aimed studies.
 
Because of the notoriety of this study, although it was not suggesting a clear link between vaccinations and autism, was so wide in England, during the next few years the number of carried out MMR vaccinations was scaled down for the fear of possible adverse reactions.
 
Later on, Brian Deer3, a journalist with no medical qualification initially appearing to work independently, was interested in the matter and wrote a few articles4 published by the Sunday Times in which Wakefield was violently attacked, accusing him at first of having carried out the study without the parents’ consent and therefore "not ethically". Later on, in other5 articles6, he also stated that Wakefield had intentionally counterfeited the patients’ clinical files in order to obtain the wanted results aimed to develop on his own a lucrative alternative vaccine.
 

Immunisations: the eradication of smallpox

Most probably everybody knows that smallpox (a serious infectious disease with a high number of fatalities in the past) was declared as eradicated from the face of Earth during May 1980 by WHO (World Health Organization). Tows Maow Maalin, a Somali cook, was the last recorded case of someone infected by such a plague on 26 October 1977. Vaccination campaigns were suspended worldwide between the '70 and the '80. In Italy they were suspended in 1977 and abolished in 1981.1
 

Although smallpox is by now a completely vanquished disease, examining the facts leading to its eradication could assist in putting in the right perspective many claims about vaccinations and their usefulness.

A diffused commonplace claims in fact that the vanquishing of such a disease was due to vaccination campaigns but it's impossible to find any scientific study supporting what in reality should be regarded as a mere hypothesis. On the other hand, by analysing all data we could find on the matter, this present article aims to demonstrate how much this diffused belief could be false and groundless. 2