A skeptical more or less activist and evidence based health policy advocate’s views, comments and opinions on the many inroads journeyed by The Enemies Of Reason.
Like many skeptics I am concerned about so-called alternative medicine, its lack of regulation and the impact of ideologically driven practices on public health. I’m also an advocate for Australia’s strong evidence-based illicit drug policy of Harm Minimisation, perhaps because it is also attacked by those who defer to a belief system rather than facts. This is also the mindset of those opposing immunisation.
Writing a blog on ’skeptical musings on the denial of evidence’ and a supporter of Stop The AVN, I find I’m frequently writing about the anti-vaccination movement. Social media is a platform they exploit constantly and well. As skeptics we ignore this at our peril.
Evidence confirms that refuting misinformation has little or even negative impact on anti-science beliefs. But revealing the ingenuous nature of anti-vaxxers helps establish a consistent pattern. This, one hopes, will motivate others to look more closely at their choices.
Conspiracy theories are a constant thorn in the side of skeptics. Thanks to Donald Trump and COVID-19 they have grown substantially via social media. Enemies Of Reason are attacking mainstream media with the aim of discrediting the truth. This provides both opportunity and work for active skeptics.