Why one parent decided to vaccinate

Bad Astronomy
By Phil Plait
Jan 28, 2010 10:40 PMNov 20, 2019 4:06 AM


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When confronted with arguments over an issue, how do you decide what to do? Especially when, to you, both sides seem to make good points? I've written about this before, and won't belabor the logic process that goes into decision making over a contentious issue -- even if the controversy is manufactured, as it is for vaccinations. Instead, I'll give you an anecdote. When making a scientific argument anecdotes should be avoided, since they are the beginning of inquiry, not the endpoint. But I'm not trying to make a scientific argument here, I'm hoping to support the decision making process... and sometimes a good example is worth a dozen detailed instructions, so read this essay by a worried parent over his decision to vaccinate his child. It's a wonderful tale from someone who managed to find the narrow path of reality having once been well away from it. If you're a new parent wondering whether to vaccinate your children, then you absolutely have to read that essay. You're not alone out there. There are lots of people who have been through what you have, and some of them have figured out how to make the right decision.

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