[ExI] antiscience?

Angel Z. Lopez zoielsoy at gmail.com
Sun Jul 11 16:24:46 UTC 2021

they're people that simply rather live without the recommendation of "top
scientists" & government funded projects. To be told what you need to do &
take at specific times in specific places by specific companies is much
like a chicken in a coop.

On Sun, Jul 11, 2021 at 10:18 AM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> There are millions of people who won't get vaccinations, Covid or
> otherwise, despite recommendations from top scientists.  Are they
> antiscience?
> Maybe not.  I read of people saying things like "I hear horror
> stories....."
> So while we may think of this as a bit too paranoid, they are duly
> concerned that they are not being told the whole story.  This idea has
> persisted in UFO stories. (the government has released a lot of that and
> people are still saying they aren't being told the whole truth).
> It's true that we aren't told by doctors the full extent of what can
> happen to us when we take a pill or undergo some procedure.  If they did,
> many more people would opt out.  Did you ever read all the possible side
> effects of taking aspirin?  Horror story for sure.  Many people would quit
> taking it, along with just about every drug there is.  Of course the idea
> for people like us is the probability of these things happening.  We can
> judge for ourselves - mostly. We know that getting a shot of penicillin is
> almost totally safe. But probability has beens shown in recent years not to
> be understood by most people, including physicians.  The average person has
> no chance.  They avoided airplanes after 9/11 and so many more people died
> in car wrecks than would have died in airplane crashes.
> Now you will say that people are placing more faith in gossip than in
> medical journals.  And they are - most of them can't interpret medical
> journals or probability, as noted above.
> Then there's this:  in a way we are asking people to take a shot to
> protect others as well as themselves.  This is asking a lot of selfish
> human beings, who have read that the virus is mostly no big deal - in some
> cases without symptoms.  And the fatality rate is low.
> While I reckon that many people are antiscience, I would not accuse the
> average person of it who doesn't get the vaccines.    It's just more
> complicated than that.  bill w
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