If you are playing devil’s advocate with anti-vaccine folks, trying to figure out how they think, it isn’t a terrible question.
Why Would Vaccines Be Designed to Kill People?
We can start with Larry Cook‘s “answer,” which was in the form of another question:
“Why do doctors and medical examiners deny vaccine injury and death?”Larry Cook
Wait, do doctors and medical examiners deny vaccine injury and death?
Uh, no they don’t.
They are often skeptical that each and everything that happens after someone gets a vaccine, even if it is months or years later, is a vaccine injury though. But we do know that although rare, vaccine injuries are real and can sometimes be life-threatening.
But why would vaccines actually be designed to kill people?
Makes sense, right?
- Make vaccines that kill people.
Actually, it doesn’t make any sense, does it?
“Results revealed a significant negative relationship between anti-vaccine conspiracy beliefs and vaccination intentions. This effect was mediated by the perceived dangers of vaccines, and feelings of powerlessness, disillusionment and mistrust in authorities.”Jolley et al on The Effects of Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy Theories on Vaccination Intentions
And if you wanted to do that, you could just push a lot of conspiracy theories about vaccines to scare folks away from getting vaccinated…
So, could bacteria and viruses be controlling the minds of these disease-friendly, influential anti-vaccine folks, helping to make sure people are intentionally unvaccinated, so that they can spread among us more easily?
Since I’m too skeptical to go down that rabbit hole, it is probably a safer bet to think that most are just doing it to sell supplements in their stores, get commissions from pushing online seminars, and ads from folks visiting their sites.
“Conspiracy beliefs are therefore associated with common motivations that drive intergroup conflict. Two social motivations in particular are relevant for conspiracy thinking. The first motivation is to uphold a strong ingroup identity, which increases perceivers’ sense‐making motivation when they believe their group is under threat by outside forces. That is, people worry about possible conspiracies only when they feel strongly connected with, and hence care about, the prospective victims of these conspiracies. The second social motivation is to protect against a coalition or outgroup suspected to be hostile”van Prooijen et al on Belief in conspiracy theories: Basic principles of an emerging research domain
Unfortunately, it probably won’t.
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