What if people who oppose vaccines aren’t anti-science but pro-science? After all, the warning against the MMR vaccine didn’t arise from Crazed Housewives of Hollywood. It was published in one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, The Lancet.
Some folks who worry about vaccines are still reading about the original article (aided by luminaries like Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy) though Andrew Wakefield’s article has been long since disproven and retracted.
On today’s edition of The Fourth Estate we survey science, scientific journals, scientists and scientism. I love science and have been fascinated by it since I was a kid. This was a fun, though research intensive, episode.
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The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud, Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Exposed: Andrew Wakefield and the MMR-autism fraud, BrianDeer.com
Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
How science goes wrong, The Economist
Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals, The Guardian
How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science, Randy Shekman, Nobel Prize winner
Science Is Ignoring its “Publication Pollution” Problem, Mother Jones
The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism, Mayo Clinic Proceedings