Pay it Forward Entry - Week 48

in #classical-music2 years ago (edited)

This is my submission for the Pay it forward Curation contest run by @thedarkhorse and @pifc.

Today as I was writing up a post on how to make a Violin sound like a Frog I managed to come across some pretty interesting performances... however, as I was about to make this entry a complete organ feature, I stumbled across something that I found resonated very strongly with me (it may not to other people....)...


The study of medicine is a pretty tricky field, it is hampered by the fact that people are quite unhelpfully unlike subatomic in particle physics, and thus have a complexity that defies the more elegant ideas that come from the study of the more abstract (read...more beautiful...) sciences. Add in the fact that the internet has democratised access to information, without a corresponding increase to the access to the critical skills that allow complex scientific ideas and statistical analysis' to be understood, and you have a recipe for the trumping of scientific data and statistical analysis by emotional rhetoric and anecdotal evidence.

@vaccinusveritas (REP 29) who has taken on the thankless job of trying to increase access to the current scientific literature on vaccines.. and this latest post brings to light the ongoing cohort studies (published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine) which found no overall increase in autism amongst children who were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

Of course, this is no guarantee that MMR does NOT cause autism... that's not the way science works. However, it does add to the literature which strongly supports the conclusion that it is highly unlikely that MMR causes autism.

Sigh... medicine and people are too complicated... that's why I was attracted to different fields! Anyway, I've long past the point where I have the will to engage strongly with alternative ideas about science, but I'm happy that someone else has the will to do it!

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Anyway, for a blogger who is a touch less controversial... I am featuring a musician! @andyradtrad (REP 46) is an organist who presents a nice prelude by Barr on the Plainchant, Conditor Alme Siderum. Just listen, and be transported by the king of instruments... THE VIOLIN!

Haha... just kidding, the organ... those organists think that size is everything... we all know that the violin is king... controversy that!

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Supported your features!! The one kind of threw me for a loop. I can imagine how hard that one was for you.

Thanks for supporting them!

Thanks. Appreciate the recognition. Love the organ btw, my dad used to play one. Fond memories of it.

No problem! Stay sane!

Good selections! Thanks for featuring these bloggers

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My pleasure! I'm glad you brought them to my attention!

Thanks @bengy
I supported both your featured entries

Thanks for supporting them both!

I've finally took the time to visit your entries. Sorry about the delay.

No problem, thanks for supporting them! You are still doing better than I do, with getting around...

Damnit! Every week I forget something... this time it was the "PayItForward" tag... and the banner!

Something to consider trying. Each week just open up the old post and click edit, then copy/paste. Then delete all the stuff about the bloggers, but keep all the formatting in place. Copy/paste all of the tags and title. Just make the minor edit of what week it is.

It's nice now that you can edit (or copy paste) posts that are over a week old. Makes weekly posts much easier to keep the same formatting in place.

I actually have a template for all my recurring posts! It doesn't stop me from screwing it up! happens. I always seem to forget to change a date, or week number within the post when I cut/paste.

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