This biologist held some very bizarre idea about measles, ignoring the fact that we know exactly what virus DOES cause measles and can readily identify it and create vaccines that guard against it. He didn’t agree measles exists and insists it CAN’T exist. What does loudmouthed ignorance cost you? Lots. Pay up.
Back in 2011, biologist and vaccination sceptic Stefan Lanka posted a notice on the internet saying that if anyone could send him scientific evidence proving the measles virus, he would pay them €100,000.
This is exactly what doctor David Bardens did, emailing the biologist a comprehensive study published in a renowned journal on the measles virus.
However Lanka then refused to pay the sum, which is why the matter ended up in court. On Thursday the regional court in Ravensburg in southern Germany ruled that the sceptic must cough up because all the criteria of his advertisement have been fulfilled.
Unfortunately, they call Lanka a “sceptic” in this piece. He’s no sceptic or skeptic, he’s delusionally anti-science. He denies sound knowledge and is emotionally attached to a very mistaken ideology. Yes, even trained scientists can go off the rails of reason. Something may be very off with Mr. Lanka to hold such an unreasonable idea so tightly. It’s not clear if he denies germ theory, evolution, and gravity as well.
There are some things in the world that are not subject to ridiculous debate. Now, it’s time to shut up. He will appeal the decision. And he will lose.
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Tip: Ake Henrik Johansson