Figured out something pretty funny. At least I think it is funny.
Simple reality. The number of people who believe in one or another or even several conspiracy theories far exceeds the number of people who are total non-vaxers. This number also is considerably bigger than any possible number of selective and delayed vaxers. It is, finally, bigger than those sad people who don't keep up with the vaccine schedule because they are poor or disorganized or whatever.
In other words, there have to be quite a number of people who vaccinate on schedule who believe in at least one, perhaps even two or three conspiracy theories.
Around a quarter of Americans subscribe to some sort of conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Princess Diana, the death of Jesus, and the attacks on 9/11. (Sadly, no data is available on how many of us suspect curious links among the three.) Even more of us—7 in 10, in fact—are skeptical of the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was alone responsible for the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
We find that in any given year, about half the public generally endorses at least one conspiracy theory. Some of the most popular include the “birther” conspiracy about Obama (endorsed by about 25 percent), the “truther” conspiracy about 9/11 (endorsed by about 19 percent), the theory that the FDA is deliberately withholding natural cures for cancer (endorsed by 40 percent), and the theory that the Fed intentionally orchestrated the 2008 recession (endorsed by 19 percent).
This one even includes vaccines/autism as one of the conspiracy theories. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/m...-results-.html
37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax
So why the confusion on this board? Where some members are convinced that people who question vaccines are demonstrably sloppy thinkers who believe in dozens of debunked conspiracy theories, including that vaccines cause autism. Part of it is simply that the corollary isn't usually brought up: that most people at some time or other believe in one or more conspiracy theories. Most people includes people who vaccinate on schedule. It includes people who delay or select vaccines. It includes people who reject all vaccines.
The second factor, and this is the one that I find problematic, is that there is a sector of people who support vaccines who somehow believe that supporting vaccines demonstrates some sort of moral or intellectual superiority. There is also a sector of people who criticize vaccines who somehow believe that criticizing vaccines demonstrates some sort of moral or intellectual superiority.
All of this is a form of magical thinking. There are both brilliant people and idiots and a full range of in-between people on every possible side of this controversy.
I know this is all quite painful...
Let us move on with the understanding that we all care about the well-being of children and, despite our disagreements can still respect each other and treat one another with courtesy.