Vaccines or no vaccines, my children will not die of whooping cough, diptheria, tetanus, mumps, rubella. They will not go deaf or become infertile from measles. They will also not develop autism. Because I have protected them, by avoiding all vaccines.
And I am proud of that fact. Because I understand how science works. And I am grateful to the people who warned me and got me looking into the science before I had kids.-- commentator on Julie O's strawman masterpiece
I understand how little most people understand about the human body. I get just how bad, on average, our high school science education is for most folks. It isn't really surprising, with such piss-poor understanding of the scientific method, and with crappy specific information on the human body, the immune system, chemistry, etc. that folks so routinely butcher information. This comment might take the cake, though. I know, I know, AoA routinely puts crazy posts on by its most favored commentators that have me regularly scratching my head, but the idea that this person has saved her kid from all these infectious diseases by avoiding vaccines? Really?
I find it fascinating that she's proud of her ignorance that she casts as knowledge: because she understands. Umm, I think we can all resoundingly agree that no, no she doesn't.
On a related note, David Gorski breaks down Obradovic's piece with regular Gorskian eloquence today over at Science Based Medicine. Angela much more concisely argued Obradovic's piece, as well. I'd simply point out that another concise argument to Obradovic's post is the Dunning-Kruger Effect.