Lately I've been thinking a lot about autism. My son has autistic tendencies. My country has gone wild in terms of avoiding autism. False information about vaccines causing autism has spread like wildfire. This is completely false. Not only has the initial report showing a causal relationship between autism and vaccines been completely disproved, but the results have caused massive tragedy. It has also caused a large measles epidemic in the US, the largest in decades, to suddenly come roaring back with a vengeance.
Except, of course, that there is no such thing as a link between autism and vaccinations.
Except, of course, that there are equally high rates of autism among unvaccinated children as vaccinated children.
Except, of course, that the link between vaccines and autism has been disproved for DECADES! And this information is common knowledge.
And, of course, human tendencies involve people doubling down on abusive, wrong, hurtful policies rather than apologizing and changing their minds. Hell, just look at the Republican party.
Back in the 20th century only severely autistic children were diagnosed. Mildly autistic individuals flew under the radar. Want proof? Look at that favorite Western storybook stereotype: The Mad Scientist.