On Michael Specter, author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, and the danger of science denial:
Given that more than half of the video is devoted to discussing vaccine denialism, supplements, and HIV/AIDS denialism, I think Specter’s talk is quite appropriate for this blog.
Perhaps the best quote in Specter’s entire speech is this:
“When you start down the road where belief in magic replaces evidence and science, you end up in a place where you don’t want to be.”
Unfortunately for more and more of the population, it seems, when it comes to vaccines and “alternative” medicine, that’s exactly where they’re going. They don’t want to be there, but unfortunately they won’t realize it until they’re there. They might not even realize it even then. Unfortunately, society will.
*This blog post was originally published at Science-Based Medicine*