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Deadly Choices by Paul A. Offit
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Jan 24, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: science, politics
Read from January 20 to 24, 2011

It's amazing what people do to convince themselves that they're right when all the evidence at hand points to the opposite. Vaccines do NOT cause autism. They don't cause diabetes, epilepsy, or any other disease. What they do is PREVENT the spread of deadly infections (both bacterial and viral).

Most of the anti-vac crowd seem to suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect:


The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes.[1] The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to the situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence. Competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. "Thus, the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."[2]
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message 1: by Stacey (new)

Stacey autism is listed as a side effect on the Dtap insert, actually.

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