This Mathematical Concept Could Explain Why Anti-Vaxxers Just Don’t Give Up

It’s entirely human to struggle with letting go of the past, but when this behaviour begins to infect society as a whole, it can create a mob mentality that’s difficult to break.

Now mathematicians from Dartmouth college have shown how this powerful social phenomenon, known as ‘hysteresis’, can explain the dynamics of the anti-vaccination movement.

“Given all the benefits of vaccination, it’s been a struggle to understand why vaccination rates can remain stubbornly low,” says lead author Feng Fu, a mathematical biologist at Dartmouth.

“History matters, and we now know that hysteresis is part of the answer.”

Source: This Mathematical Concept Could Explain Why Anti-Vaxxers Just Don’t Give Up




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