Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Denialism or Insanity
Denialism or "disbelief" is where you will not accept what is reality. Denialism plays a major role in science because some people believe that scientifically proven data is incorrect. For instance, not accepting a vaccination that can help prevent women from contracting a virus that has been proven to lead to cervical cancer.So why wouldn't people vaccinate their young girls? Is it because they don't love them? Or is it because they have heard that the vaccine may cause some unfavorable, non-life threatening side effects? There is a fine line between denying something and just being irrational or irresponsible. In my opinion from living around non science majors, people just don't want to hear the facts about science. People will hear one side of the story and not listen to the other side. As human beings this is natural for us. Everyone has heard something that they believed was true, but it turned out to be false. The feeling that you get when someone says no you are wrong leaves a sour taste. No one wants to be proven wrong. People just ignore facts and think irrationally to make their situation better for themselves. As with the two Ivy league schools that watched controversial calls in a rivalry game, each college favored the calls that helped their team the most. People believe what is convenient for them and not always what is true. Whether its denialism or irrationality, people can be stubborn and accept what they have heard as truth even when data clearly shows their truth is inaccurate.