Vaccines and Apologetics

There was a fascinating study conducted that examined how much we cling to lies in the face of truth. The focus was on myths about vaccines. The study found that when told the truth about side effects, we stick to misconceptions.

Researchers tested whether people "could be persuaded to change their incorrect beliefs that certain vaccines cause autism or have lesser but still harmful side effects on children."

Researchers surveyed 120 university students from Scotland and Italy about their beliefs on vaccine side effects. Then they exposed the students to one of three sets of information regarding vaccines:

  • a worksheet that discussed myths versus facts;
  • a chart comparing the actual effects of diseases with the actual side effects of vaccines and their prevalence;
  • photos of unvaccinated children with the diseases.

(A fourth set of students, a control group, received medical fact sheets unrelated to vaccines.)

Amazingly, the test subjects stuck to their opinions even after being shown facts about the matter. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

Daily Headline News

Teens aren't grasping 'the responsibilities of adulthood,' new study says

Today's teens are on a slow road to adulthood, putting off risky behaviors from drinking to sex, but also delaying jobs, driving, dating and other steps towards independence, according to a new study based on 40 years of survey data. (Painter, USA Today)


America's opiod problem is so bad its cutting into U.S. life expectancy

"It really underlines how serious the problem of opioid overdose has become in the U.S.," Deborah Dowell, senior medical adviser in the division of unintentional injury prevention at CDC, told Time. "In general we don't see decreases in life expectancy attributable to a single cause that are of this magnitude." (Swenson & Andrews, The Washington Post)


40 million slaves in the world, finds new report

More than 40 million people were estimated to be victims of modern slavery in 2016 -- and one in four of those were children. (Tutton, CNN)


Terminator moves step closer to reality as scientists create synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight

"It can push, pull, bend, twist, and lift weight. It's the closest artificial material equivalent we have to a natural muscle." The long-term aim is to accelerate the artificial muscle's response time and link it to an artificially intelligent (AI) control system. (Bodkin, The Telegraph)


And It Was Good

One of the bestselling non-fiction books on Amazon over the past year wasn't on marriage or management, finances or fitness. It was on... astrophysics. As in, "What is the nature of space and time? Where do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us?" We are interested in cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. When you delve into such things, does it point away from God, or to Him? James Emery White explores all of this in the series, "Astrophysics...for people who are open to God."

Click here to see this product and more.