- Aug 18, 2013
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What percent are anti-vaxx. You are understating by a power of 10+.These are all real issues, I am very well aware of all of them. Do not try to paint my disagreement as ignorance please. I just disagree that these issues are what’s eroding public trust in science. The average person has no clue about these things. If we were to survey the general population, how many would know who Wakefield, Poti, Stapel, Wansink, etc even are? 1% even?
However, politicians and media taking an anecdote like we’ve discussed here and saying “listen to science see a doctor said it!” And then an opposing politician finds their own doctor with an opposing opinion and does basically the same thing... Or rightfully attacking one of these anecdotal opinions, but then characterizing it to be symptomatic that science failing us as a whole, when we’re all in agreement, this isn’t science...these things are eroding public trust in science.
What experts should be saying is “I don’t know” but here are my degrees of uncertainty and here is why I say that (in 20 sec or less because that’s the attention span). Politicians, experts, ideologues don’t like nuances. Blame the media for running with bad takes. Blame experts talking out of their posteriors. Blame soft science that has more in common with economics passed off as hard science in the lay press.