By Phil Newman
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be completely and utterly submersed in the anti-vaccine echo chambers? I’ll give you a bit of an insight from my anecdotal experience…
Recently I was Zucked and put onto a 7 day Facebook ban, I thought I would use this time out to establish my sock accounts further and get to know these people a little better… and take screenshots of course.
Without a doubt, anti-vaxxers believe wholeheartedly what they think to be true, is true and correct in real world situations. This is reinforced by an emotion based appeals from others, which is understandable, humans naturally take the experiences of others on board as lessons of life for themselves. What they fail to see though, is they are sitting on the bottom of the ladder of a well-oiled propaganda machine. To the top players of the anti-vaccine cult, the average joes and janes are meaningless, they do not care, they are seen as nothing more than a cash cow which I will go into shortly.
By Erin K Costello
If you’re anything like me, you’ve found it disturbingly fascinating how so many people on social media are easily and effectively duped into adopting the tenets of the anti-vaccination and anti-medicine movement. I’ve often argued, as I’m sure many other Facebook warriors have, that anti-vaccination-ism is nothing more than a cult at it’s core. Only, what I’ve found so remarkable is how this brainwashing was able to succeed without the traditional isolation seen with cults from the past.
By Erin K Costello
My first memory of falling in love with science was when I over heated a mercury thermometer while trying to get out of school one morning and causing the end to pop and the mercury to pour out on to our hard wood floor. It wasn’t the shiny, silver liquid on the floor that amazed me. It was how the droplets sought each other out and bonded into one bigger droplet. It was at this moment I became hooked. It was the closest thing to actual magic I had ever seen.
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