Why trust the CDC?

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Why trust the CDC?

Postby froghero » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:27 pm UTC

In a discussion with a person who doesn't care for big business, the government, and modern healthcare in general, what reasoning would you give to convince them that the CDC is trustworthy?

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Re: Why trust the CDC?

Postby Zohar » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:40 pm UTC

Meh? The only reasoning that might work in this case is to show how other countries' medical organizations have similar recommendations and conclusions as the CDC. Maintaining a global conspiracy of that scale, with millions of medical practitioners around the world that could all expose the lies, is pretty unreasonable. But if the guy keeps believing in conspiracy theories you're probably wasting your time. They could use some mental health support, if they believed in it long enough to try some.
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Re: Why trust the CDC?

Postby CorruptUser » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:48 pm UTC

Because there isn't a whole lot of money to be made working in the CDC that these people couldn't make outside it, other than profit people generally go into government with good intentions or at least enough of them do to make a conspiracy involving an entire organization extremely unlikely, and we haven't had a major plague or epidemic the way we routinely did a century ago so it's probable someone is doing their job right?

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Re: Why trust the CDC?

Postby Tyndmyr » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:59 am UTC

froghero wrote:In a discussion with a person who doesn't care for big business, the government, and modern healthcare in general, what reasoning would you give to convince them that the CDC is trustworthy?


That's a hard sell. I'd focus in on the specific subtopic, rather than trying to convince them of everything.

If, for instance, it's the vaccines/autism accusations, I'd point out the wide variety of support for one side, and the lack for the other. This implies the CDC is likely to be correct in it's pro-vaccine stance, and even if they still dislike the CDC, they are probably more likely to accept evidence from other sources viewed as trustworthy.

It's hard to overturn an entire worldview at one go, so I find it easier to look for something more limited, in which the evidence is strong. Easier to shift it a bit that way.


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