The Incredibly DANGEROUS STUPIDITY of Rejecting Science – and how it will screw us all

Study finds conservatives less willing than liberals to participate in research.

From ScienceDaily: '"Our research shows that conservatives are less willing to participate in medical research than are liberals. This difference is due, in part, to ideological differences in trust in science," said Matthew Gabel, professor of political science in Arts & Sciences. There are potential consequences to this divide...'"An ideological divide in such participation could undermine both the execution and quality of medical research," Gabel said. "Given the uneven geographic distribution of political ideology, our findings raise important issues for recruiting study participants and developing political support for medical research. It could also threaten the generalizability of medical studies since important types of health behaviors, such as smoking, vary with Americans' political ideology."'

What fresh idiocy is this? Is it now a political tactic, or even a right-wing tradition, to reject science? Perhaps it really started with climate-change denialism. Recognition of the anthropogenic cause of climate change--basically, our civilization's air pollution--means that we have to alter our fuel sources, and put pressure on powerful industries to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint. Well, they don't wanna, they don't wanna, they don't wanna. They stamp their feet and cross their arms and they scowl and they refuse. Greed and mindless denialism cripples our ability to curtail the devastation of climate change. And these industries send in armies of lobbyists to make this simple scientific projection--the Greenhouse Effect--a political issue. Conservatives take up the cry, "It's all lib'rul lahs, ya'll!"

Now comes the global crisis of a pandemic. Dealing with the pandemic scientifically means that big business loses some of its profits, for a time, and the economy is temporarily curtailed. So, Trump did his best to spread misinformation, through his operatives and Republican sympathizers, especially in the Deep (ly ignorant) South, suggesting we should not trust the scientists on the risks of the pandemic. More than 500,000 Americans have died so far as a result of the pandemic. Had science been respected, that number could have been halved, even reduced to a fifth of the casualties we've had. Taking the pandemic seriously enough to endorse vaccines would mean embracing science once more. Hence the far right decided that vaccination must be undermined; the authentic science underlying vaccination must be attacked with misinformation. And as a result, more people will die, or be maimed by the aftereffects of covid-19.

The report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and Anti-Vax Watch is based on analysis of a sample of anti-vaccine content that had been shared or posted on Facebook and Twitter over 812,000 times between February 1 and March 16, 2021. It found that almost two-thirds of the content was the responsibility of 12 of the country's most prominent anti-vaccine leaders, groups and organizations.

From "Disinformation has become a direct threat to public health," said Imran Ahmed, CEO of CCDH. "In the midst of a global pandemic, the Anti-Vaccine Industry has executed a targeted campaign to mislead Americans about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Social media is enabling anti-vaxxers to recruit millions of Americans and indoctrinate them with fear and doubt. If Big Tech companies don't act now, the pandemic will be prolonged, and more lives will be lost."...The Disinformation Dozen - which includes Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Joseph Mercola, and Ty and Charlene Bollinger, among others - have repeatedly violated Facebook and Twitter's terms of service agreements. The majority of the Disinformation Dozen remain on all three sites despite social media operators pledging to remove vaccine disinformation from their platforms.

Vaccines work. Vaccines are supported by science. Undermining science kills people. The more the virus spreads, the more variants are created. Vaccines will truncate the creation of dangerous variants. If you want the pandemic to end--get vaccinated. Get your family vaccinated. Don't believe the medieval, backward, astoundingly ignorant anti-science lies.