MIT study: Vaccine hesitancy ‘highly informed, scientifically literate’

MIT study: Vaccine hesitancy ‘highly informed, scientifically literate’

[Ed. – Science, science, science!]

Elected Republicans are also promoting the vaccine, in a way. Senator John Cornyn said that most vaccine skepticism was “based on conspiracy theories.” And Mitt Romney has recently said that the politicization of vaccines has been “moronic.

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But a study done at MIT showed that a substantial portion of public-health skepticism was highly informed, scientifically literate, and sophisticated in the use of data. Skeptics used the same data sets as those with the orthodox views on public health. From a writeup of the study:

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Combining computational and anthropological insights led the researchers to a more nuanced understanding of data literacy. … [C]ompared to public health orthodoxy, “antimaskers see the pandemic differently, using data that is quite similar. I still think data analysis is important. But it’s certainly not the salve that I thought it was in terms of convincing people who believe that the scientific establishment is not trustworthy.”

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