Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy
Scientific American Blogs
By Shawn Lawrence Otto
October 17, 2012
The United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within
Stop pretending that liberals are just as anti-science as conservatives
From www.motherjones.com - September 13, 2014
No, GMOs and vaccines are not the liberal equivalent of climate denial.
Alheli Picazo: The scourge of science-denialism
From www.edmontonjournal.com - February 10, 2015
The upsurge in measles diagnoses is but a symptom of a wider, just-as-potent condition.
The false ideology of science deniers–research is easy
From www.skepticalraptor.com - May 5, 2014
Paul Offit, Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Google, creationism, vaccine, vaccination, evolution, Google
The varieties of denialism
From scientiasalon.wordpress.com - October 28, 2014
by Massimo Pigliucci I have just come back from a stimulating conference at Clark University about "Manufacturing Denial," which brought together scholars from wildly divergent disciplines — from g...
Climate and vaccine deniers are the same: beyond persuasion
From theconversation.com - January 27, 2014
Governments are worried. Vaccination rates are falling under the influence of a campaign of misinformation by a small minority of fanatics.
HYPOCRISY: Climate Change Deniers Mock Jenny McCarthy’s Anti-Science Views
From thinkprogress.org - July 19, 2013
After The View announced this week that Jenny McCarthy had been selected to replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck, many, including ThinkProgress, have criticized McCarthy for her dangerous anti-vaccine activism.
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
From www.motherjones.com - June 8, 2014
How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link. (@chenghlee Motivated reasoning (aka "facepalm psychology"), most likely.
The Denialists’ Deck of Cards – denialism blog
It is well known that businesses spend billions of dollars on lobbyists to affect legislation. They also spend untold millions on public policy groups that spread doubt about the need for any type of reform.
Neil Tyson On The Politics Of Science Denial - Science 2.0
From www.science20.com - September 2, 2014
Those days are long gone, the numbers don't lie - when it comes to vaccine denial, the left representation is far greater than global warming denial on the right.
Both liberals and conservatives have anti-science biases, study finds
From www.psypost.org - February 10, 2015
New research suggests that liberals, as well as conservatives, can be biased against science that doesn’t align with their political views.
Sign in to read: Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth
From www.newscientist.com - March 14, 2013
HEARD the latest? The swine flu pandemic was a hoax: scientists, governments and the World Health Organization cooked it up in a vast conspiracy so that vaccine companies could make money.
Never mind that the flu fulfilled every scientific condition for a pandemic, thatthousands died, or that declaring a pandemic didn't provide huge scope for profiteering. A group of obscure European politicians concocted this conspiracy theory, and it is now doing the rounds even in educated circles.
This depressing tale is the latest incarnation of denialism, the systematic rejection of a body of science in favour of make-believe. There's a lot of it about, attacking evolution, global warming, tobacco research, HIV, vaccines - and now, it seems, flu. But why does it happen? What motivates people to retreat from the real world into denial?
Here’s why your uncle won’t give up those pesky climate & vaccine conspiracy theories
From www.globalpossibilities.org -May 21, 2014]
Science that Refutes Autism Link to Vaccines
No, the autism prevalence in Denmark did not go down with the removal of thimerosal (again!)
From leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk - July 18, 2014
There's a story that goes around the vaccine/autism groups that, contrary to published reports, the autism rate in Denmark went down after thimerosal was removed from their vaccines.
Autism-Vaccine Myth was Started by One Doctor! [Infographic]
From www.upworthy.com - August 12, 2014
Here's the deadly results when people say things about science without actually looking at science.
A scientist named Dr. Andrew Wakefield published in the medical journal The Lancet that he had discovered a link between autism and vaccines.
After years of controversy and making parents mistrust vaccines, along with collecting $674,000 from lawyers who would benefit from suing vaccine makers, it was discovered he had made the whole thing up.
The Lancet publicly apologized and reported that further investigation led to the discovery that he had fabricated everything.
Read more here:
Study Linking Childhood Vaccine And Autism Was Fraudulent
From www.npr.org - November 22, 2013
Key facts in the infamous study were altered to support the link, an investigative reporter found. (Study that linked vaccines to autism wasn't just wrong, it was fraudulent.
MMR Vaccine Shows No Direct Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders
From www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com - August 24, 2013
There has also been a rise in the number of children who have received an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis.
Yet Another Study Finds No Vaccine-Autism Link
From www.pharmacytimes.com - April 11, 2013
Researchers have found no link between the amount of vaccine antigens received by the age of 2 years and the likelihood of developing autism.
New Published Study Verifies Andrew Wakefield’s Research on Autism - Except It Doesn't
From skeptoid.com - August 12, 2013
It is interesting to see the way information spreads on the internet, especially when it comes to fringe beliefs. I saw the headline about the vaccine court confirming autism come around my social ...
The research linking autism to vaccines is even more bogus than you think
From www.vox.com - February 2, 2015
In 1998, an esteemed medical journal published a paper with a starting conclusion: that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine — administered to millions of children across the globe each year — could cause autism.
Effects of Anti-Vaxxer Movement
A Disease Considered Eradicated in 2000 Is Now Sweeping the Country
From www.policymic.com - April 25, 2014
And it's even more infuriating when you learn why.
But the CDC and other doctors say the reason the outbreak has been so huge is because of people who refused vaccinations. "As more parents decline to vaccinate their children, measles incidence is increasing — a fact that alarms me both as a hospital epidemiologist and as a parent of a vulnerable infant too young to receive the measles vaccine,"wrote epidemiologist Julia Shaklee Sammons in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Thanks to declining rates of vaccination, measles and other preventable diseases — which were essentially eradicated decades ago — are now making a comeback.
Anti-Vaccine Radicals Are Causing Real Damage In The US
From www.businessinsider.com - June 28, 2014
Jenny McCarthy, a celebrity who introduced herself to the world on the pages of Playboy 20 years ago, is the proud owner of a Pigasus award, bestowed every April Fool's day on "the performer who fooled the greatest number of people using the least...
Pockets of Vaccine Noncompliance in California
From www.sciencebasedmedicine.org - September 4, 2013
The LA Times recently published their analysis of data provided them by the state of California and found that there are pockets of high rates of exemption from vaccines among kindergarteners. In t...
California’s epidemic of vaccine denial, mapped
From www.washingtonpost.com - January 27, 2015:
The spread of anti-vaccine strongholds.
100 million reasons why vaccine deniers are wrong
From www.humanosphere.org - February 10, 2015
The breakout of measles in Disneyland in late 2014 ignited a long-simmering debate over vaccines in the United States. This time, people from political leaders to medical professionals to countless media outlets are weighing in about vaccines.
Overprotective Parents Gone Over the Edge -- Vaccine Hysteria on the Rise, and Old Diseases Are Making a Comeback
Progressive Populist / By Joan Retsinas
October 16, 2012
The sudden rise in diseases that vaccines can prevent tells us that the paranoid style has reached modern parenting
We Thought We Already Eradicated Measles — But Thanks To Ongoing Anti-Vaccine Beliefs, It’s Back
From thinkprogress.org - September 14, 2013
Back in 2000, federal health officials declared that measles had been eradicated in the U.S. But communities of people who resist vaccinating their kids are helping bring it back.
Measles returns: of vaccines and vacuous starlets
From www.economist.com - January 30, 2015
A rise in anti-vaccine sentiment has put everyone at risk... in 1963... there were around 400,000 cases of measles in America. In the decade to 2013 the average number of annual cases dropped below 100. The disease is no longer endemic in America (though it still kills thousands abroad).
The measles vaccine, now combined with those for mumps and rubella, is safe and effective. Yet some parents believe the opposite and refuse to vaccinate their kids. Some adults go unprotected, too. They reflect a rise in anti-vaccine sentiment fuelled by misinformation and pseudoscience. This has coincided with an increase in the number of measles cases in America, which hit 644 last year (see chart).
Jenny McCarthy's Vaccination Fear-Mongering and the Cult of False Equivalence
Katrina vanden Heuvel on July 22, 2013
Another Outbreak of ‘False Balance’?
From www.nytimes.com - February 8, 2015
To avoid “he-said, she-said” vaccine coverage, it’s important to clearly state the settled science.
Anti-vaccine activists waging ‘primordial, cosmic war’ despite measles backlash
From www.rawstory.com - February 6, 2015
Eileen Danneman is at war. “It’s a war between good and evil. It’s a primordial, cosmic war,” she says.
Anti-vaccine book tells kids to embrace measles
From www.salon.com - February 5, 2015
A new children's book introduces kids to the "wonderful world of illness"
Crosby’s labyrinth, or why I couldn’t stop myself from replying to the vaccine conspiracy theorist to end all conspiracy theorists. | The Panic Virus
From blogs.plos.org - July 25, 2013
How Vaccines Have Changed Our World When I see...
From tecknow.tumblr.com - February 20, 2013
How Vaccines Have Changed Our World When I see vaccine refuses talking about the risk of autism, and I look at numbers like these, I can’t help but feel that they’d rather have it that many children...
The History of the Anti-Vaccine Movement Explains Our Terrifying Future
From gizmodo.com - February 3, 2015
Vaccines are not part of some evil plot to poison our children. But there are plenty of terribly misguided people who believe they are! And their beliefs didn't just materialize out of nowhere.
Scientist says that vaccines will turn your children gay
From now.msn.com - November 3, 2013
Gian Paolo Vanoli, a 70-year-old Italian scientist, is completely convinced that vaccines will turn your children gay. "The vaccine is introduced into the child, the child then grows and tries to find its own personality," he explained.
Twitter study of vaccine messages: opinions are contagious, but in unexpected ways | Public Health
From blogs.plos.org - April 6, 2013
A study on twitter messages from The H1N1 pandemic. How did pro-vaccine sentiments spread, versus anti-vaccine ones? Which messages were more contagious?
An Addition to the List of Logical Fallacies
From skeptoid.com - September 23, 2013
This week, I ran across an old classic argument the anti-vaccine people use as a reason not to get vaccines. It takes various forms in how it is presented, but the premise surrounds the fact there ...
What’s with rich people hating vaccines?
AUG 14, 2013
BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD
It's not just Jenny McCarthy. Data shows the anti-vaccination movement spreading to places like Malibu and Boulder
vaccine denialism | Science Questions with Surprising Answers
By chrisbma. June 17, 2013
Uncertainty Can Help Fight Science Denialism | RealClearScience
July 2, 2013.
Why is a statement like “vaccines cause autism” persuasive or not?
Andrew Wakefield, father of the anti-vax movement, still insists MMR vaccine causes autism
From www.rawstory.com - February 10, 2015
Andrew Wakefield is both revered and reviled. To a small group of parents, he’s a hero who won’t back down from his assertion that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can cause autism.
How to Handle the Vaccine Skeptics
From www.nytimes.com - February 8, 2015
THE alarming number of measles cases — a record 644 last year, and 102 last month, the most since the disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 — has focused scrutiny on parents who refuse vaccinations for their children. There are some who want state and local governments to sue, or even criminally charge, such parents. A bill in California would end all nonmedical exemptions to immunization requirements.
Glenn Beck: Disneyland Measles Outbreak Is A Government Hoax To Protect Immigrants
From crooksandliars.com - February 11,2015
Climate Change Denialism
NASA faked the moon landing—Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science
Stephan Lewandowsky, Klaus Oberauer, Gilles Gignac
University of Western Australia
Psychological Science, September, 2012
The psychology of denial concerning climate mitigation measures: evidence from Swiss focus groups
S. Stoll-Kleemann, Tim O'Riordan, Carlo C. Jaeger Global Environmental Change (2001)
Anderegg, W. R. L., Prall, J. W., Harold, J., & Schneider, S. H. (2010). Expert credibility in climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(27), 12107–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.1003187107
Feygina, I., Jost, J. T., & Goldsmith, R. E. (2010). System justification, the denial of global warming, and the possibility of “system-sanctioned change”. Personality & social psychology bulletin, 36(3), 326–38. doi:10.1177/0146167209351435
Articles, News and Blog Posts
“The perfect problem”: New video explains the psychology of climate deniers
From www.salon.com - December 18, 2014
Stone Age brains, optimism bias and confirmation bias have something to do with it VIDEO
These charts finally explain where science denial comes from
From www.washingtonpost.com - November 11, 2014
In the past week, a debate has been building surrounding this provocative paper, which concludes that religious belief, rather than political ideology, better explains why some people resist the science on issues like climate...
Are climate sceptics more likely to be conspiracy theorists?
By Adam Corner
Jul 27, 2012
New research finds that sceptics also tend to support conspiracy theories such as the moon landing being faked
Those with conspiracy beliefs apt to deny global warming, too
Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming
September 7, 2012 by admin
What evidence will it take to convince climate sceptics?
30 July 2012
Prof Richard Muller's research showing the world is warming and humans are largely to blame is being rejected by climate skeptics
The Chilling Effects of Denialism and Who Will Save the Polar Bears?
by Greg Laden on October 28, 2012
How the Religious Right Is Fueling Climate Change Denial
The Guardian / By Katherine Stewart
November 5, 2012
Radical religious activists promote anti-science bills, in part, because they also seek to undermine the teaching of evolution.
Even climate change experts and activists are in denial about climate change -
From www.washingtonpost.com - December 4, 2014
Our brains don't like risk.
Fox host: ‘We had to give up our freedom’ during snow storm because climate change is a hoax
From www.rawstory.com - 2015
Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist
From www.newscientist.com -August 18, 2014
The amorphous nature of climate change creates the ideal conditions for human denial and cognitive bias to come to the fore, says George Marshall
Fox News Distorts Climate Science; In Other News, the Pope Is Catholic
A Union of Concerned Scientists content analysis found that, in 37 of 40 instances, Fox News programs misled viewers about climate science--mainly, by broadly dismissing it
Scientific American Blogs
By Philip Yam | September 22, 2012
Research Links Climate Science Denial To Conspiracy Theories thinkprogress.org
Sep 6, 2012
Cognitive Dissonance Is Fueling Conservative Denial
by Rania Khalek
DISPATCHES FROM THE UNDERCLASS
April 25, 2011
McCright, A. M. and Dunlap, R. E. (2011), THE POLITICIZATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND POLARIZATION IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S VIEWS OF GLOBAL WARMING, 2001–2010. The Sociological Quarterly, 52: 155–194. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-8525.2011.01198.x
Climate change study forces sceptical scientists to change minds
29 Jul 2012
Earth's land shown to have warmed by 1.5C over past 250 years, with humans being almost entirely responsible
If the Catastrophic Weather Events Don’t Get Us, the Irrationality Might
What global warming?blogs.discovermagazine.com
by Valerie Ross
April 8th, 2011
What the weather’s like affects some people’s beliefs about global climate change, a new study found: On hot days, they’re all over it, but on cold days, they’re not so sure.
Expert Credibility in Climate Change
Aug 3, 2010 – Guest commentary by William R. L. Anderegg, Jim Prall, Jacob Harold, Stephen H. Schneider.
Wake Up! Our World Is Dying and We're All in Denial
Mary Pipher, Psychotherapy Networker
October 20, 2o12
Had we been in a trance? I wanted to shout, "Wake up! Please wake up! Our old future is gone. Matters are urgent. We have to do something now.
The overlap of creationism and global-warming denialism
November 23, 2012/by Pat Cunningham
Rockford Register Star
Do You Accept the Science of Climate Change? [Excerpt]
Some reject global warming science thanks to a misinformation campaign funded by fossil-fuel companies
By William Hewitt
Energy & Sustainability
December 14, 2012
Excerpted from A Newer World—Politics, Money, Technology, and What's Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis, by William F. Hewitt.