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					They want all the sentiment that goes along with believing, so they ignore the inconsistencies and satanic verses.

the lively and diverse intellectual life so crucial to workable society. A widespread mistrust of the mind

feeding on and fed by an ignorant popular culture of video images and unremitting noise that leaves no room for contemplation or logic. ____________ An eclipse was a bad omen. What we call mental illness, they thought was a chosen one, who could communicate with the invisible commander. After the word "papers" In an evolved society, many, but not all, people are magnanimous. Humans seem to have evolved to jump to conclusions. We often decide we know what's happening before we have all the evidence. In evolutionary terms, this is a good thing. A pre-human primate who waited to be absolutely sure that the big thing stirring in the bushes was a lion would have ended up as lion chow.

Our sense of joys and heartbreak is usually accurate, but turning to stale sermons, in lieu of rational action, is an inept way to face problems. The delusion-free person ignores the feeble things taught about divine intervention. Delusion-free people are aware of not just the lies of Big Religion, but of holistic religion, New Age religion, low-carb religion, fitness religion, paranormal religion, and so on. ______ People with larger social networks may be less prone to anxiety. _______ To undo even one interview on a popular talk show requires years—this is how gullible people are.

Unlike the modern chiropractor that helps bony aches and pains, one of the closest things to superstition, it is the straight chiropractor. Besides, anyone knows that taking the flu vaccine is the best way to get the flu!

It turns out that the hero of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 was not a vaccine, or anything else from medicine; it was chiropractic. if influenza actually kills tens of thousands of people a year, how come you don't know anyone who ever died from the flu? While vaccination attempts to trick the immune system, chiropractic allows the body as a whole, including the immune system, to operate on a higher level. Flu shots seem to be more a product of cultural superstition than science. _____________ With hidden turmoil, supernal thoughts flow through the mind of the rigid mystic. Once in place, the old encoding replaces questioning, reason and doubt, requiring little conscious thought, and plenty of low-level opinions. Most of us know what people say about opinions, and how everyone has one. Like the choice to follow the mystic (or the holistic faithful), rather than the consensus of science, an opinion is often based on delusion. Research varies in quality, but a scientific consensus is far beyond a single study, or an opinion. “This world is nothing; the world beyond is everything.” Belief in the divine origin of the world is a vision that drives billions—a vision most rational people are afraid to oppose, as the faithful condemn those who fail to surrender, draw near to the fold. ___________________ New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a disappointing picture of adult immunization against serious infectious diseases in the United States. In addition, a new consumer survey shows the vast majority of adult Americans lack awareness of vaccines and the severity of infectious diseases. An expert panel discussed the data at a press conference held by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), which called for increased use of vaccines in adults to reduce needless illness and deaths associated with infectious diseases. CDC's National Immunization Survey shows only 2.1 percent of adults 18 to 64 years of age are immunized against tetanus-diphtheria-whooping cough. Immunization to prevent shingles among people 60 and over was only 1.9 percent. Vaccine coverage for the prevention of HPV (human papillomavirus) among women 18 to 26 is about 10 percent. In addition, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates for the elderly are well below the 90 percent national target rates.

"Routine immunization of children in the United States has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of cases of disease, but vaccines are not just for children," said Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "These new data show there are not yet very many adults taking full advantage of the great advancements in prevention that have been made in the past few years." "There are now 17 diseases that can be prevented from vaccines given to children, teens and adults. Several vaccines, including three fairly new ones licensed since 2005, are recommended specifically for the adult years. By skipping vaccination, people are leaving themselves needlessly vulnerable to significant illness, long-term suffering and even death," said Dr. Schuchat. "We are extremely fortunate in this country to have safe and effective vaccines available, but we have to use them better." Immunization is recommended for U.S. adults to protect them against chickenpox, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus/cervical cancer (HPV), influenza, measles, meningococcal disease, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal disease, rubella, shingles and tetanus. "Combined, these infectious diseases kill more Americans annually than either breast cancer, HIV/AIDS or traffic accidents. Ironically, they are all preventable.

said William Schaffner, MD, Vice President of NFID and Chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine "A concerted effort is needed to raise adult immunization rates," said Dr. Schaffner. "The important thing to remember is that deaths and illness associated with these infections are largely avoidable through vaccination." Also released were results of a new national survey conducted by NFID that show most adults cannot name more than one or two diseases that are vaccine preventable in adults. Each vaccine for adults was identified by only 3 to 18 percent of those polled; the only exception was the influenza vaccine, which was named by just under half of respondents. Also disconcerting is that half of those surveyed say they are not concerned about whether they or another adult family member gets a vaccine-preventable disease. When asked about specific diseases, consumers expressed most concern about getting influenza, which likely reflects the more frequent messages they receive about influenza versus the other diseases.

This describes a typical talk show audience, and is why misinformation is so easy to implant in the minds of people, and not let go in spite of the facts. ____________


				
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