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Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808). I Cruikshank/Wellcome Images/Wikimedia Commons

A short history of vaccine objection, vaccine cults and conspiracy theories

Some people have objected to childhood vaccination since it was introduced in the late 1700s. And their reasons sound remarkably familiar to those of anti-vaxxers today.
Activists form a red ribbon, the symbol of the worldwide campaign against AIDS in Russia, 2010. Vladimir Konstantinov/Reuters

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

In Russia, social networks have given a new life to the conspiracy theory that HIV-AIDS is a global hoax.
Gurneys to remove bodies from the Heaven’s Gate cult house in San Diego, California, March 27, 1997. AP Photo

What the Heaven’s Gate suicides say about American culture

Twenty years ago, the paranoia that consumed cults like Heaven's Gate existed on the margins of American society. Now it's moved toward the center of the nation's political life.
This man needs to trust you before listening to your public health message. No wonder bombarding him with facts doesn’t always work. from

How to cut through when talking to anti-vaxxers and anti-fluoriders

Reassuring people "not to worry" about public health issues like vaccination or fluoridated water doesn't work. Nor does telling people "don't panic". So, what does?
How can we make sense of information in today’s connected world? Mobile phone image via

How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world?

Researchers have found that today's students, despite being 'digital natives,' have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is fake online. Metaliteracy might provide the answers.
What do you believe in?

Anthill 7: On belief

The Antill 7: On belief. The Conversation, CC BY-ND46,9 Mo (download)
Four stories on belief: from the allure of cults and conspiracy theories, to the effect of trauma on faith, to the way dogma has influenced science – and if technology can actually shift our beliefs.

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