Comments I’ve gotten.

Comments I’ve gotten.

I get comments.  The other day I had a rush of blood to my head and started a cause on Facebook.  It was about discouraging anti-vaccination propaganda on Facebook.  No big deal, right? I got some pretty quick response.  There are now 88 people who've taken the pledge.  Since I've done almost nothing to promote it I think this is fairly encouraging.  The other thing I've been getting is a flood of anti-vaccination comments.  I'm trying to find...

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Anti-anti-vaccine campaign.

Anti-anti-vaccine campaign.

I got a rush of blood to my head this morning and created a "cause". (Unfortunately, it's faded away.  It's no longer on the net). If you don't want to click on the link, here's what it says: Most people who post or share anti-vaccine propaganda on Facebook are not fanatics. This campaign is about politely but firmly encouraging them to stop doing that. Remarkably, this works and will help clean up the conversation on Facebook. Opposition to...

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Success!

Success!

Yesterday's post was about my reaction to a Facebook post by a well known yoga teacher of my acquaintance. I said that when I see anti-vaccination propaganda I tend to respond and challenge the post in hopes of getting the writer to stop posting that sort of propaganda.  I know I'm unlikely to change their opinion, but at least I may be able to decrease the antivax background noise, at least a little. Well, in yesterday's case it worked. The...

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Don’t suffer anti-vaccination propaganda gladly

Don’t suffer anti-vaccination propaganda gladly

My wife teaches yoga. I practice yoga. I make it clear that I'm a consumer of yoga and not a yogi. I don't pay attention to the philosophy or spiritual side, but I like the fact that at 64 I can touch my toes and do a few other things that I might not otherwise be able to do. As the spouse of a member of the community I know lots of other teachers. Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook by a senior yoga teacher who I've known for years and like a...

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Who says? And how do they know?

Who says? And how do they know?

I'm a skeptic.  While it's popular to pigeonhole skeptics as cynics who don't believe anything and will criticise everything, it's really not like that.  It's really a question of not blindly accepting things as true. It's about testing ideas for plausibility and evidence.  It's something that grows out of a reaction to what this skeptic perceives as the willingness of so many to believe so many silly things.  While it's tempting as a skeptic...

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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias

 Confirmation bias, according to Wikipedia is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. It's just one kind of bias.  If you look of types of bias on the inner webs you'll find lots of them....

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Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

I've been struggling to write a post about the Big Pharma Conspiracy.  I've been finding it very hard to write and I think the reason is on displaying this comic.  (By the way, if you don't know XKCD, have a look.  Sometimes obscure but usually insightful and funny.)  A conspiracy theorist isn't merely approaching an idea with flawed logic, though their logic is often horribly flawed, but they seem to have a mode of thinking that leads them to...

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An anti-anti-vaccine rant

An anti-anti-vaccine rant

When you create a blog on Wordpress you get site stats that tell you various things about who's looking at your blog.  This blog is new enough that each little bit of information is of interest to me.  One of those bits of information is where referrals come from.  So far today the site stats say that there have been 4 referrals from Facebook.  That makes sense because I announced a couple of my posts on Facebook so friends have been dropping...

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Having an open mind.

Having an open mind.

                                                     Source: thehealthyhomeeconomist.com via Simone on Pinterest   I was having a discussion with someone on Facebook today about vaccination.  He kept making claims, and I kept asking for links or evidence or anything I could actually discuss.  None were forthcoming.  He talked about experts that "report serious concerns with the vaccination regime".  He didn't name any experts.  He didn't...

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