This was posted by a gentleman named Greg in the comments section of a AoA article. I thought it might sound familiar! You need scroll down the comments section to read. The AoA article is well worth reading also.
Here are his headings:
Argument One: We Love Scientific Studies
Argument Two: Curse The 'Quacks' And Their Internet
Argument Three: A Coincidental Thing
Argument Four: MMR and Thimerosal Studies Mean Everything
Argument Five: The Benefits Outweigh The Risks
Argument Six: Everything Causes Autism Except Vaccines
Argument Seven (my personal favorite): The Wakefield Card
Argument Eight: Autism Is Not So Bad
Argument Nine: Better Diagnosis
Argument Ten: Terminologies.
"If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings"~ Leonardo da Vinci
None of that ever happens here!
I do love the Wakefield card. Every non-vaxxers I talk to says Wakefield was instrumental in getting them to stop vaccinating (not).
Argument 8 makes me ragey, 9 is almost as bad.
Number 1 is a fun one, too. I love how one side has tried to co-opt science. Most non-vaxxers love science as well - if they did not they probably would not have bothered to research vaccines in the first place.
ETA: Thanks for posting this, Mizram. When I first started posting on vaccines, I would become upset and hurt when people would paint with really large brushstrokes and suggest we are all conspiracy theorists, were disciples of Wakefield or did not like science. After a while, some of these arguments lost their power. These arguments are not nuanced responses to what is being posted, but rather pat remarks (like items from a playbook) they trot out over and over again.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us. One is good and the other is evil. The wolf that wins is the one you feed.
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