Scientist Fred Hoyle on AIDS

David dbwalke at
Mon Apr 13 18:46:18 EST 1998

One of the danger signs to watch for when considering scientific
evidence:  experts rendering opinions concerning matters which lat
outside their field of expertise.  One famous example would be Linus
Pauling's opinions on the efficacy of vitamin C.  The fact that he did
such tremendous work in some areas and won a Nobel prize did nothing to
validate his opinions, which were erroneous.

TRKeske wrote:

> Sir Fred Hoyle is probably one of the preeminent scientific minds
> of this century.  He is "Sir" Fred Hoyle because he was knighted
> for his scientific achievements.
> He is an English astrophysicist and mathematician, one of the first
> to apply relativity equations and modern physics to cosmology.
> He is an honorary member of the U.S. Academy of Science, a
> professor of astronomy at Great Britain's Royal Institute,
> fellow of Great Britain's Royal Society, visiting professor at
> California Institute of Technology.
> He shared a $500,000 U.S. Crafoord award for his contributions
> to theories of the stellar evolution and the process of stellar
> nucleosynthesis.
> He has also theorized in the areas of life's origins, and the
> evolution of DNA and RNA.
> In the March 1995 issue of Scientific American, he was quoted
> concerning the AIDS virus:
>      "It is such a strange virus I have to believe it is a laboratory
>        product", he comments.  Is Hoyle suggesting that the
>        pathogen might have been produced by a biological warfare
>        program that went awry?  "Yes, that's my feeling," he
>        responds.
> Hoyle has a reputation as a maverick, unafraid to take a
> controversial stance.  He does not do so frivolously or without
> giving it serious examination, which is perhaps the combination
> that has yielded his unique insights.
> Tom Keske
> Boston, Mass.

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