Mayer is a notorious anti-vaccine, anti-pharmaceutical spokesperson yet is the most recent winner of the Richard Dawkins Award. One of these things just doesn’t belong here.
Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine and “Skeptic” columnist for Scientific American, seems to agree and has written an open letter urging Mayer to publicly come clean and change his mind about vaccines. He concludes with advice everyone should think about:
One of the most remarkable features of science is that it often leads its practitioners to change their minds and to say “I was wrong.” Perhaps we don’t do it enough, as our own blinders and egos can get in the way, but it does happen, and it certainly happens a lot more in science than it does in religion or politics. I’ve done it. I used to be a global warming skeptic, but I reconsidered the evidence and announced in Scientific American that I was wrong. Please reconsider both the evidence for vaccinations, as well as the inconsistencies in your position, and think about doing one of the bravest and most honorable things any critical thinker can do, and that is to publicly state, “I changed my mind. I was wrong.”