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To: Habibi
“One explanation for no Mexican origin in a flu ostens“One explanation for no Mexican origin in a flu ostensibly originating in Mexico: It’s a man-made strain purposely released among the populace.”

Hmmm. Well, it is an explanation. However, with airplanes that can put an infected person into a country on the other side of the world within 14 hours, it is not a terribly likely scenario.

Occam's Razor, google it.

Thanks for making my point. Occam's Razor, as you know, holds that researchers should avoid "stacking" information to prove a theory if a simpler explanation fits the observations. If I follow your theory, (1) the flu originated on the other side of the world; (2) from conditions unrelated to anything in Mexico; (3) and infected someone in this unspecified original location; (4) who decided to fly (5) without first infecting anyone else at the point of origin (6) to Mexico (7) where s/he infected others.

An alternative scenario is that (1) the flu strain was man made and (2) purposely released among the populace in Mexico.

Best, A

37 posted on 04/30/2009 3:54:24 AM PDT by Ahithophel (Padron@Anniversario)
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To: Ahithophel

“An alternative scenario is that (1) the flu strain was man made...”

Umm.... No, choice A does not follow, any more than Martians produced the virus. There is no proof for it, nor is there factual support for such a statement.

On the other hand, it’s a crackerjack theory for sure. . Though I think the this particular flu virus may be kinda’ lame, as pandemic virii go. I’ll bet/hope it’s not up to the 1918 variety. If you haven’t read it yet, there’s a couple of books (probably available at your library), “Flu : the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search for the virus that caused it” and “America’s forgotten pandemic : the influenza of 1918”. They’re both good reads. I guess we’ll see how nasty this one is fairly soon.


38 posted on 04/30/2009 8:52:43 AM PDT by Habibi ("We gladly feast on those who would subdue us". Not just pretty words........)
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