Comment by Venus Lovejam on August 22, 2010 at 11:57am
When I was little, I actually believed in Sasquatch. After awhile though, I questioned it and I'm glad I stopped around puberty.
Comment by Tony on August 22, 2010 at 12:53pm
As a former Christian, and now a born-again atheist, sometimes it's hard not to be a dick when so many people are so entrenched in their belief. This is a great video, but usually "reason" alone is no more successful than the lone ridicule. I actually think a combination of it all is what will gain the most converts to skepticism. Ridicule can definitely be a useful tool too. Consider ridicule a motivating factor for those hard-core believers that sling BS faster than any skeptic. Many "believers" seem to lack the motivation to really seek the truth of a proposition. Ridicule can provide that motivation. While it's true that my ridicule may temporarily humiliate and alienate a "believer," my ridicule also causes that other person to really appreciate someone like Phil Plait, someone who has the time, patience and ability to help them re-examine their position. BTW, dicks play chess too; don't completely discount the value of dicks.
Comment by Keith Johnston on August 22, 2010 at 12:55pm
The guy is correct in so many ways. But there are other reasons why vaccines are felt to be suspect.
I suggest you watch this:
More at The Real News
Comment by Tony on August 22, 2010 at 12:58pm
*hard-core believers that sling BS faster than any skeptic [can respond].
Comment by Tony on August 22, 2010 at 1:13pm
The best chess players examine ALL the possibilities. Do you really think that that young-earth creationist would've been so appreciative of Phil Plait's cool-headed reasoned response if she had never been exposed to the ridicule of someone else? Look at the big picture and consider a lesson from psychology 101, understanding a person's motivations.
Comment by Galen on August 22, 2010 at 5:32pm
I think he's absolutely right, however my goal is not to change the world. My goal is to get those ignorant asshats out of my face and being a dick does that - quickly.

Now, when I CARE about a person and what they might believe, then of course I'm not going to be a dick to that person! If I were discussing religion with my wife or mother or a good friend, then there's no way I'd be a dick to them. And I think maybe those closest to us are the one's we'd have to change first :)

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