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  •  Sometimes authority figures know better than you. (0+ / 0-)

    The scientists making these recommendations have opinions that are worth much more than yours, because they are experts and you presumably are not. Sometimes it's smart not to trust authorities, but other times it's foolish not to (such as when the authorities are right). I also noticed downthread that you're perfectly willing to trust authorities (those Canadian provinces) as long as they tell you what you want to hear. I'd submit that you're not really interested in looking at the evidence skeptically and objectively.

    •  Trusting authorities (0+ / 0-)

      is never a smart idea. It's better to trust yourself. Never rely on authorities to tell you what is right for your health -- do your own research and consider alternatives.

      In any case, please see the posts below about how even doctors are split on whether to take the H1N1 vaccination. If you are willing to trust authorities, consider whether these physicians may be wise in refusing an unproven, largely untested, rushed-into-production vaccine.

      •  I totally disagree with this. (2+ / 0-)
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        Lindmere, ebohlman

        You're exhibiting what I sometimes call "pseudoskepticism". You reflexively oppose all "authorities", even experts, in favor of your own judgment, but you don't ground that in real world data. The facts are that top experts know more than you about this. And their views disagree with yours. I'm not saying to just trust all authority; I'm saying to trust authority when they're right, and accept that you don't know everything.

        It's pretty arrogant to suggest that you will always be better off trusting yourself. I'm not advocating just trusting people BECAUSE they are in the government, or whatever. What I'm advocating is trusting people, at least to a degree, who have earned their position of intellectual authority on a subject. To say that all experts are untrustworthy is anti-intellectualism at its finest, an attitude on the level of Beck.

        •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

          for telling me I'm arrogant for trusting myself. Ha! That's an incredible statement, really. I certainly would not trust you as a health care provider.

          •  I'm not one. (3+ / 0-)
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            Lindmere, ebohlman, QuestionAuthority

            I don't see what's so "incredible" about saying people should admit that they don't know everything. I don't know everything, but I do know that the guys at the CDC know more about this than I do.

          •  Well, Thaxter (1+ / 0-)
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            If you were an MD, epidemiologist, virologist, etc, it would make sense for you to trust yourself to make a sound decision in this case. You would have the knowledge and experience to make that decision.

            But you don't.

            So I can equate your position to believing that you should fly the Boeing 747 you just boarded for your vacation, because you don't trust authorities (The flight crew, FAA, Boeing, etc.).

            So yeah, we can make a strong case that you are at least making a mistake, if not being arrogant.

            "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success."

            by QuestionAuthority on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 10:59:34 AM PDT

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