Jenny McCarthy is wrong

Vaccinations do not cause autism. Yet, there are a number of people who still believe that her claims are true.

(Perception is reality. Reality is perception.)

We live in a unique period in history, that the leading voice questioning the safety of vaccinations began her career in Playboy with no scientific background.

Anyone with a laptop and an internet connection can have a microphone. The problem is that it creates a lot of noise. Making it ever more difficult to sift the wheat from the tares.

Even with all the science and data, it’s very hard to change people’s minds once they are made up.

The floor no longer belongs to experts. We have to do better if we are going to build a culture we can all be proud of.

[Questioning what’s in a vaccination isn’t evil. It has led to many studies to look into the safety of vaccinations. In the case of McCarthy though, making bold claims with no scientific backing will cost lives. Still, most of us lack the courage to deal with the shame of being wrong. We double down and perpetuate the cycle of bad decision-making. It’s easier than ever before to protect our worldview. There is enough noise to defend it.]