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 15-#100happydays -Nursing as my profession 

In general my job does make me happy. I’m very happy I chose nursing as a profession. The opportunities are vast, and the hours can be quite flexible to fit your lifestyle. 

I’ve been a nurse for 13 years, and worked in a few different areas. Started my career in Neonatal ICU.  Then after travel nursing I did about a year in the emergency department.  I worked about 5 years in the recovery room. 

In the last year before I went on maternity leave I started working in public health. It’s been a nice change. I get to work with preventing sickness instead of treating it.  My focus is childhood immunizations and healthy growth and development. I really enjoy it. I’ll save my vaccine ranting for another post. 

5 things to know about measles right now.

Even though this article is geared towards the US, and I’m in Canada, the topic is till very important here too.

Childhood Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Culled from The Nation’s Health of the APHA. This excellent piece was reported by Lindsey Wahowiak.

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. So why is the current outbreak happening?

The vaccine for measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, was developed in the 1960s, and since then, the U.S. has seen a dramatic drop in the number of cases reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared it eliminated: the absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area. But measles is still a threat around the globe, and can be brought to the U.S. by travelers. And a new outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in California is causing concern.

2014 saw a record number of measles cases, with 644 reported in 27 states. And in just the first 30 days of 2015, more than 100 new…

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