Friday, October 23, 2009

Where Are the Vaccine Pied Pipers Leading Us...?, that Conde Nast online publication that caters to techy people, has published a wave of articles critical of those who oppose massive over-vaccination of the American population.
These articles declare those individuals who oppose mass vaccination to be “misinformants.”
Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Don Imus and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who openly oppose submission to mass vaccination, are belittled. These articles claim those who don’t get vaccinated are endangering everybody else.
Here are the provoking headlines of those articles:
The Misinformants: Prominent Voices in the Anti-Vaccine Crusade
How to Win an Argument About Vaccines
H1N1 Flu Shot: 3 Major Fears Debunked
An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All
These articles are written by skilled writers and they make strong though narrow arguments. The second title, “How to win an argument about vaccines” suggests those who oppose vaccination are irrational and ill informed and their thinking needs to be changed by those of superior intelligence.
The war is not vaccines versus alternatives, but is characterized as science versus pseudoscience. The authors of the reports haven’t the brainpower or critical thinking to question the twelve published studies that conclude vaccines don’t cause autism. What matters is that their god of science has been challenged. And there may be nothing wrong with those studies, it’s just that the vaccine proponents aren’t looking outside the box, about questions that aren’t being asked but should be...

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