Well, cool. You can download Judy Wilyman’s anti-vaccination thesis from the University of Wollongong and read it yourself. So click, click, wait a second, and…
YAAAARGH! My eyes! I thought the social sciences side of the academic world would possibly have higher standards for writing than the science side, but no…it’s awful. This should have been shredded, and Wilyman told to go back and start all over.
I got a few pages in and couldn’t take it anymore. Helen Harris managed to read the abstract, and ripped it apart line by line. Orac read some more bits; would you believe she’s criticizing the germ theory of disease?
It’s over 300 pages long. Does she think that if you pile up the drivel high enough it becomes an architectural marvel, or something? It doesn’t work that way.
Note also: her advisor is now defending her work, blaming the criticisms on a conspiracy by
pharmaceutical companies with a vested interest in selling vaccines, among other familiar crank tropes.
I presume her advisor, Brian Martin, is tenured, so there’s not much one can do to boot him out in disgrace. But it is perfectly reasonable to deny a discredited professor the privilege of ruining students’ careers by refusing him graduate students, or requiring additional, critical sponsorship by other faculty of any students. The University of Wollongong should be taking steps to protect their reputation immediately.