Vaccines and Apologetics

There was a fascinating study conducted that examined how much we cling to lies in the face of truth. The focus was on myths about vaccines. The study found that when told the truth about side effects, we stick to misconceptions.

Researchers tested whether people "could be persuaded to change their incorrect beliefs that certain vaccines cause autism or have lesser but still harmful side effects on children."

Researchers surveyed 120 university students from Scotland and Italy about their beliefs on vaccine side effects. Then they exposed the students to one of three sets of information regarding vaccines:

  • a worksheet that discussed myths versus facts;
  • a chart comparing the actual effects of diseases with the actual side effects of vaccines and their prevalence;
  • photos of unvaccinated children with the diseases.

(A fourth set of students, a control group, received medical fact sheets unrelated to vaccines.)

Amazingly, the test subjects stuck to their opinions even after being shown facts about the matter. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

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