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Vaccines, Climate Change and the Voices of Unreason

Dear Malin Reese,

I want to have a chat about vaccines. Much like climate change, the Science behind the effectiveness of vaccines is flawed at best. I stand with other anti-vaxxers in the fight against the vaccination-poisoning-complex. As Rand Paul brilliantly said recently, ““I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.” Genius. His subtle inference that vaccines are linked to autism now helps to guide my view on this topic.

Ok, Malin, that’s as much bullshit as I can string together in this letter. I’m being facetious about my views on vaccines because it is currently dominating the news cycle and i don’t have a clue why. There was a time when vaccines weren’t controversial. There was consensus among citizens, even political parties, that the Science behind vaccines was pretty damn solid. There’s a really loud, misinformed group of people that are letting their poor decision making be driven by their own fear and their outright denial of reason. Sadly, this denial of reason isn’t contained to just the issues of vaccines.

I flippantly mentioned climate change above. It’s another example of an issue that’s become controversial. Something like 97% of climate scientists believe that climate change is occurring and that humans are having a profound effect on the change. Yes, a small percentage of these scientists have been found to be agenda-driven when it comes to climate change but the majority rules on this. There’s absolutely no reason to defy reason on this subject.

A long time ago, people believed the Earth was flat. Then this bearded Greek guy named Aristotle came to the conclusion that the earth was indeed round. He didn’t just wake up one morning and shout it from the rooftops. He came to this reasoning during his careful study of the constellations. It is now universally accepted that the earth is round. If someone ever tells you differently, smile, nod your head and slowly walk away. Alright, so we know the earth is round. No controversy there. But how old is the round Earth? By all reasonable accounts(science and stuff) the Earth is 4.54 billion years-old. No controversy there, right? Um, actually there is. A fairly sizable number of people believe the Earth is only 6,000 years-old. Wait, how can there be such a large gap within each conclusion? Well, one set of beliefs is based on reason derived from method. The other set of beliefs is based on Dogma. Why can’t all these things align? Mostly because Dogma kills reason.

Malin, I want you to be skeptical, to ask questions and doggedly challenge your own belief systems. That’s a healthy way to lead your life. Just don’t dig in and defy reason for the sake of being skeptical. It’s a waste of your energy,and worse, a waste of your intellect. I’m not right about everything but I’m pretty certain I’m right about this.

P.S. I really love watching you conquer the world around you.

Love,

Dad

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12 Comments on “Vaccines, Climate Change and the Voices of Unreason”

  1. tendernessontheblock February 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    You had me worried for a second there!

  2. Home That We Built February 6, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    Gosh, for the first moment I thought I was reading someone else’s post – scary 🙂 agree with YOUR position!

    • clindvall24 February 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Thanks for reading and sorry for the scare 🙂

  3. troymo February 8, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Actually many scientists included as “authors” (IE – scientists which “agree”) with findings by the IPCC would say they do NOT agree with IPCC assertions that current climate change is a matter of anthropogenic influence. Nevertheless, these scientists names get included anyway for once participating in work done on the IPCC’s behalf.

    Just like many people (and scientists) allow themselves to be mislead about matters such as “vaccines linked to autism”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMR_vaccine_controversy

    …. many also allow themselves to be mislead about matters regarding “anthropogenic” global climate change – first and foremost the notion that rising Co2 is PROVEN to precede rising global temperature when studying past/current climate trends

    https://troymo.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/the-climate-cargo-cult/

    • clindvall24 February 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

      In all seriousness, do you know what percentage of the Scientists associated with the IPCC findings don’t agree with the conclusion that climate change is a matter of anthropogenic influence?

      I’m always up for reading and hearing thoughts from the opposite end of the political and social spectrum so I was happy to find your blog as well. Climate Cargo Cult was a good read.

      • troymo February 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

        thank you for the compliment =]

        I couldn’t offer a percentage without reviewing the numbers, but can (I think) safely say the IPCC is a “political” organization, full of many egos, whose motives vary, and whose intentions are not always so honest, or clear.

        The following film has some great about IPCC methods and how they (likely) fail their intended purpose.

  4. theunpreparedfather February 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    “Malin, I want you to be skeptical, to ask questions and doggedly challenge your own belief systems.”

    I love this. Such great advice. And a great post overall. Nice bait and switch 🙂

    • clindvall24 February 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      Thanks David! I appreciate the kind words. I’m digging your blog as well. I’m a Sun Devil so I have no true ill will towards you for being a Duck fan 🙂

      • theunpreparedfather February 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

        Hey, I’m fine with that. As long as you’re not from Corvallis or Seattle, we’re fine 😉

  5. cafesofmatleave February 8, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    Whoa I was about to hit the ‘unfollow’ button. Lucky I read on 🙂

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