April 30-#100happydays-day 21

this treat makes me happy!!

How should scientists respond to science denialism?? John Cook explains @ConversationEDU

I find this really interesting. Dealing with those opposed to science is exhausting.
Working in public health, I give vaccines everyday. People have actually accused me of being part of a conspiracy. Thinking I’m actually “let in” on some secret, and I am working to mislead the public.
Google will be our downfall, I’m sure. There is just too much info and it’s too easily accessible. (And most is ridiculous). Just trust the experts. It’s their job. There is no hidden agenda ( for the most part).


Inoculating against science denial

John Cook, The University of Queensland

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback.

Denial is not something we can ignore or, well, deny. So what does scientific research say is the most effective response? Common wisdom says that communicating more science should be the solution. But a growing body of evidence indicates that this approach can actually backfire, reinforcing people’s prior beliefs.

When you present evidence that threatens a person’s worldview, it can actually strengthen their beliefs. This is called the “worldview backfire effect”. One of the first scientific experiments that observed this effect dates back to 1975.

A psychologist from the…

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April 28-#100happydays-day 19

wearing a dress to work!! I love the nice weather!!

April 27-#100happydays-day18

This little dude likes to make messes, so he can help clean up. He doesn’t always do the best job, therefore my house is a disaster most days.   


April 26-#100happydays-day 17 “inlaws”

It’s really nice that I get along well with my in laws. I hear about other families and some of the feuds, and it makes me thankful “we all just get along”. 

Of course there are minor issues. Mostly just differences in opinions, but rarely leads to serious problems. It’s also great my husband likes my parents, and I’m an only child, so my parents can get a touch over protective. Still. 

April 25-#100happydays-day 16

Taking this little guy to swimming lessons.  


April 24-#100happydays-day 15

A few signs of spring. My bleeding heart starting to pop out. 

April 23-#100happydays-day 14

Enjoying a cold beer after work because today is my Friday! Being able to work part time makes me very happy!

April 22 -#100happydays-day 13

I’ve discovered audiobooks! 

It’s such a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. 

Also makes chores a little more relaxing. 

April 21-#100happydays-day 12

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

Carl Jung