We in the pro-health community hold this truth to be self-evident: anti-vaxers know vaccines are evil and no evidence will persuade them otherwise, because they rarely, if ever, care about the science. As evident as that is to us however, we are aware that it is mostly an impression that we get based on the anti-vaxers’ way of debating the issue, things like: how low they set the bar for themselves and how astronomically high they demand the bar for the other side, their general mistrust of anything or anyone that disagrees with them (a.k.a. conspiratorial thinking), their belief that a few Google searches trump years of experience and training. We believe this to be true based on our experience with them, yet we are aware that it is not an easy thing to prove. How can you prove what is going on in someone’s mind?
Which is why, whenever an anti-vaxer gives us solid evidence of their anti-scientific ways, I enjoy it immensely. Case in point, the
Australian Anti-Vaccination I mean the Australian Vaccination Network (Merly Dorey herself perhaps? See update on the bottom), gives us this insight into their frame of mind.
So how does that show that the AVN doesn’t really care about the science?
Simple, because first they say that the small sample size will always be an issue, then they use that to write off the study’s results, then they complain that if the study had shown results they liked, it would have been written off because of its small sample size!
If that isn’t clear enough let’s break down the AVN’s line of thinking into simple steps:
- We demand vaxed vs. unvaxed study
- Small sample size will always be an issue with such study
- Therefore any such study is useless …unless..
- …it shows vaccines to be evil in which case….
- …those evil bastards will “laugh it out of existence”
- we demand a vaxed vs. unvaxed study
UPDATE – It has been brought to my attention that SB is not Meryl Dorey but another administrator at the AVN.