• C. Everett Koop, the former Surgeon General of the united States who trained his department's spotlight on AIDS education/prevention and the public health perils of smoking (including second hand smoke), giving those issues and others unprecedented attention from a previously underutilized bully pulpit, has passed away. He was 96.
- KC's View:
- We often talk about epistemic closure here on MNB, so it is worth noting when a public personality seems to have effectively avoided it. Hence, this passage from today's New York Times:
"A former pipe smoker, Koop carried out a crusade to end smoking in the United States; his goal had been to do so by 2000. He said cigarettes were as addictive as heroin and cocaine. And he shocked his conservative supporters when he endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS ... Koop personally opposed homosexuality and believed sex should be saved for marriage. But he insisted that Americans, especially young people, must not die because they were deprived of explicit information about how HIV was transmitted."