Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism
This is the current scientific consensus, and for the vast majority of people those words should be treated like they were written on the same tablet as the Ten Commandments."Thus, based on this body of evidence, the committee concludes that the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism."
I wonder what goes on in the head of a layman when he actively dismisses a scientific consensus in favour of an alternative hypothesis. The reasoning behind such a decision is either based in an incorrect evaluation of the scientific results, or some irrational mistrust of the scientific community. Most people can't even apply basic source criticism properly, much less comprehend the meaning of findings from a primary research study (or even a secondary source) - so what makes them think they are in a position to question the scientific consensus of a field in which they are anything but experts?