Selling vaccination

It is generally accepted that we are failing to convince many of the value of vaccination and part of it is our tendency to talk to ourselves and then insult those who are not convinced. Angelina Chapin echoes my thoughts about our presentation.

Angelina Chapin writes “Many Canadians fist-pumped when they heard CBC host Anna Maria Tremonti eviscerate an anti-vaxxer on Monday’s The Current,” and further says “In the race to form an opinion, feelings always beat logic.”

The vast majority of people we need to convince are simply parents who need reassurance from other parents that they are doing the right thing. Which is why the case of Tara Hills is a perfect example of how we should do our vaccination campaigns. Our publicity shouldn’t be using just dry facts in our attempts to convince people to vaccinate but to use mothers such as Tara Hills in our material.

The Heinous Depths of Superstition

Superstition has always been a word that has represented for me the mostly laughable, absurd and meaningless quirks of personality in people I’ve known.  Rituals, observances and attitudes that were mostly harmless and mostly forgettable.  Like most people (I think), I have tended to ignore and sometimes humour other people’s superstitions. My attitude of … Continue reading

Garry Trudeau N’est Pas Charlie

I’ve never found Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic strip to be either laugh-out-loud funny or brilliantly incisive, and it’s been years since I read it at all regularly, but I do appreciate the strip’s wry, intelligent commentary on American politics when I happen to come across it. Trudeau isn’t an edgy … Continue reading

New WIN/GIA survey is one of the very few to separate “nones” and atheists

Isn’t it funny how when it rains, it usually pours? After a drought in the statistics/demographics news of interest to Canadian nonbelievers, three reports get released in the space of a couple weeks. The first was the Angus Reid survey on Faith in Canada. The second was the massive Pew … Continue reading

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