Fri 7 Jan 2005
From the November issue of EphNotes:
HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8 for her efforts to promote ecologically viable social, economic and cultural change. She received an honorary degree from Williams in 1990.
Maathai is an interesting person, well-deserving of her honorary degree from Williams. My personal politics also puts her in the top 1/2 of Nobel Peace Prize winners, but your preferences may differ. Most fascinating, though, are her views on the origins of the AIDS epidemic.
Just a day before she is scheduled to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai tried Thursday to defuse a controversy over reports that she said “evil-minded scientists” in the developed world intentionally created AIDS to decimate the African population.
Being a free-thinker, I am sympathetic to Maathai’s plight. Just because 99%+ of the experts on a given topic believe that X is true, does not guarantee that they are right (although the wise Eph probably bets that way). But in the specific topic of HIV/AIDS, I am more of a Duesberg man myself.
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