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ERIC Number: EJ886853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Just-So Stories: Vaccines, Autism, and the Single-Bullet Disorder
Bearman, Peter
Social Psychology Quarterly, v73 n2 p112-115 2010
When should people believe in science, especially in scientific explanations of the causes of health, ill or otherwise? One line of argumentation is that scientific evidence based in robust ecological data, supported by previously tested animal or biological models or double-blinded randomized control trials trumps intuition or just plain "common sense." Another line of argumentation suggests that common sense is a powerful heuristic. How far should one trust just-so, common sense accounts of complex phenomena? Why are scientists and ordinary people so driven to embrace single-bullet explanations? What does all this say about trust in science? In this essay, the author considers these questions and focuses on the purported relationship between autism and vaccines. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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