Facts, not Fantasy

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vaccine Times: Age of Autism considers reliable only the sources that agree with them

To drive home the point of how deluded the Age of Autism folks are, it's easy to compare them to conspiracy theorists.  And not the garden variety ones, but the worst of deniers of reality.  I think Vaccines Times actually cuts them a lot of slack, but I would say that the anti-vax pro-disease movement is only slightly less crazy than a flat earther or geocentric believer.

Age of Autism considers reliable only the sources that agree with them

Between the Obama ‘Birthers’, climate change deniers, and those who insist that Osama bin Laden’s reported death was staged, conspiracy theories and denialism have been ubiquitous in the news lately. Science journalist and author Chris Mooney has only been one of many to recently discuss the psychology of denialism at length.

Mooney’s latest article on the topic begins with an appropriate quote by  Stanford University psychologist Leon Festinger, who observed:
A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.

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