Confirmation bias may work on both sides of the vaccine/autism "controversy", but sometimes, as you wade through the posts at AoA, you come across one that, to be charitable, leaves one laughing at the complete and thorough absurdity of it. Leave aside Kent's nastiness yesterday with the pigs bit, but he always signs off his posts so nicely. All the best, my plump arse. The comments by most of the AoA loyalists are typically hostile and arrogant. Kim S herself was in her element, showing that if you don't toe her line you're the enemy. Even Craig, whom I have a great deal of respect for, couldn't help getting aggressive. Craig, I'd remind you of group polarization and recommend you spend sometime over at the Countering Facebook group or Raising Autism; we'll offer support without demolishing other people who disagree with our perspective.
One of the crasser pieces was this (and there were so many, but there's only so much I'll wade through in a day and I've hit my quota):
"Your personal bias seems to be putting the words "bunk" and "fraudulent" here. What studies could you possibly be referring to for each of these people? Stick with methods, facts, data, and conclusions. As much as you do NOT want vaccines or aspects of the environment to be a big player in autism diagnoses, it does not give you the right to insinuate fraud in an attempt to deny and hoodwink real facts and good science.
That would be a serious error and would put a permanent question mark on your ability to be objective, rational and honest."
This response is in objection to another poster's contention that invoking studies by the Geiers, Wakefield, and Blaxill (who's not a scientist) did not constitute evidence (these studies have been debunked in mainstream science). For this particular poster, it's fairly restrained. It's still, ahem, in my personal bias, representative of her personal bias that autism is vaccine induced mercury damage. This commenter seems to have a visceral hatred for anyone who suggests her perspective is incorrect. Hell, you don't even have to argue with her or talk about vaccines at all. Just talk about autism in general as a neurological condition. That's enough to get her foaming.
I gave AoA props for a nice piece over the weekend and for the commenters being generally supportive. Well, they got the niceness out of their system.
Don't worry, AoA, whenever I meet someone who wants to know what AoA is all about, this one thread is all I need to show them. It says absolutely everything about what ya'll are all about.
Side note: Craig, I know you have some righteous anger, and I respect that, but seriously, don't you think there are places that would be a better fit than AoA? Please, we'd like it if you and your wife would come to Raising Autism or to the Countering facebook group.