Why do humans fall prey to Quackery?

In this video from SciShow. We are given reasons for why we believe  quackery over science.

While it focuses on the anti vaccination movement the reasons hold true for just about any illogical belief that we hold dear.

Its difficult to remember that these people arrived at these conclusions using the same faculties. Especially when they put their feelings above those of the ones adversely affected by their choices.

On the anti-vaccination movement.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

– Douglas Adams

This quote came to mind as I observed the debacle that the current measles out break has caused. As one of the few who cannot benefit from vaccines, it horrifies me that there are people living in our society that think things that affect public health are somehow a personal choice.

What if its my child they ask me? Would you still be in favour of vaccines then? The answer to that question is a resounding yes.

Vaccines are not the only type of preventative medication that favours the health of millions over the few. I have been an outlier before.

Having been there multiple times and living the life I do as a result. It boggles my mind that people could be so selfish that they believe that their choices based on naught but erroneous beliefs somehow trump other people right to live.

Vaccines save lives. Gullible celebrities and professional victims don’t. That combination has wasted huge amounts of money and caused unnecessary suffering in recent times.

Its time to bring back mandatory vaccinations before herd immunity falls so low that the truly deadly viruses start making a comeback.

If you want to learn more about the measles vaccine SciShow, has done a very informative video on it. I highly recommend viewing it.

Doctors need to learn how to prepare people for death.

This article is quite interesting. He raises a valid point. Doctors in my experience, have a tendency to give people false hope. Sure its possible that it might give the person the boost they need to beat the odds against them but for the most part its cruel. I have been on my death bed on multiple occasions and each time the doctors lied to me about my prognosis and my treatment options.

I am not a child. I understand that I will die someday and I look forward to it for it will be a relief of sorts. But when doctors lie about the severity of your illness they rob you of time. Time to say good-bye to your loved ones and as a result makes the process of grieving that much more difficult for the ones left behind.