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Podcast S3E11: The Anti-Vaxxers

Case, Mike, and Rebecca explore the anti-scientific anti-vaccination movement.


About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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I understand that you were trying to address the fears of the anti-vax crowd, but you really should have asked for the help of an immunologist, or vaccine researcher. It was obvious to me (an RN who is VERY pro vaccine), that you were not particularly well versed on the subject. As to the man who addressed the ‘puppy mill’ dogs. The poor function of the immune systems he ‘noticed’ in these dogs are more likely to be because of irresponsible breeding practices. A responsible breeder is aware of the genetic weaknesses of his particular breed, and takes care to… Read more »

Garry Burgin

I sent AronRa e,mail a few weeks ago after the A.A.A. episode on Darwin.I was thinking about evolution and how certain traits,if not needed are lost through natural selection.E.g.humans no longer have tails,snakes no longer have legs ect.Could religion be lost through natural selection?.Is religion a weakness?.In a world where only people who live above the poverty line (due to having a good job which usually comes from having a good education)have better health and the income to procreate giving their offspring healthier starts in life.Are theist less likely to have had the good education in which to get a… Read more »

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Paige Stonerock

I’ve never listened in before – but I will be downloading this episodej Thanks for a great topic. This is a topic I can get pretty firey over. We live near a Christian Scientist community and many of our friends are either anti-vaccination or are trying to do modified vaccination schedules -w

Paige Stonerock

Oops… I get angry when other people put my babe at risk for serious, debilitating illnesses because of bad information. Just reading Carl Sagan’s Demon-haunted World – and…

Paige Stonerock

I should clarify that modified schedules aren’t necessarily bad (and the std vaccination schedule is set by the WHO, not always for middle class suburban american)- but the majority of Americans can’t manage to their own meds, let alone juggle several series (timing between shots and completing series does matter) of injections properly. And, that puts your (general you) child more at risk.

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