Statistician at an AVN Seminar not invited back, for balance.

We have just found out that academic and statistician, Scotty Harrison, provided a 12 minute presentation at an anti-vaccination seminar of the Australian Vaccination Network. The AVN were not aware of the content of his presentation.

Scotty states in this video description that he offered to appear again the next night, in the next town, to provide his talk again…for balance.

His offer was declined by Meryl Dorey and Greg Beattie of the Australian Vaccination Network.

Here is his evidence-based presentation. Kudos, Scotty. Kudos.


Australian Vaccination Network: denying facts since the 1990s.

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0 Responses to Statistician at an AVN Seminar not invited back, for balance.

  1. Gemma says:

    That. Was. Awesome.
    Particularly love Greg at the end… “We didn’t know what Scott was going to talk about…” LOLOLOLOL

  2. Scotty-you are a stealth ninja statistical superhero!

  3. Jason says:

    Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall of Meryl and Greg’s inner monologues at this point.

    Actually, scrub that, I’m not sure I want to know.

  4. I would love to have heard the rest of what Greg started to say just before the video cut off. I wonder if it was a rant or even an attack on Scotty “Mr Balance” Harrison.

  5. Laura Stapel says:

    That was really really interesting info and totally logical and factual. What a brave man Scotty was to present that to a room of AV’s! Well done Scotty Harrison! So impressed!

  6. boxsey says:

    Go Scotty! If looks could kill….

  7. Gary Kelk says:

    Scotty – I thank you, my family thanks you, and on behalf of the wider community, thank you!

  8. Louisa Squires says:

    This is the best presentation given at an AVN seminar that I have ever heard of! Thank you Scott for having the intestinal fortitude to stand up in front of Meryl and her bestie Greg and provide a basic explanation to the graphical illiterates. Brilliant!

  9. Amanda Robertson says:

    AVN you haz been punked!

  10. Daniel Sinnott says:

    Mind …. blown!
    Oh how I wish I could have been in Armidale that night.

  11. karen Sorensen says:

    loved it I could almost hear the uhhh hoo moment when meryl and greg realised that he was bringing balance

    • Grendel says:

      Like! Although to be honest that wasn’t balance – that was the facts. AVN cannot be said the be anywhere near being able to have anything to balance against.

      When Dorey makes the “free speech” claim she needs to start accepting that that applies to everyone and that having a debate means having someone speak who may provide actual evidence against your claims.

      Glorious. Well done.

  12. oh dear…. Meryl can’t seem to help but fail completely and repeatedly

  13. I thought it was Greg’s job to provide the “pro” case. That means there were 2 of them doing it! Talk about unbalanced!!!!!

  14. @advodiaboli says:

    Thanks Scott. I’d take their refusal to attend again as evidence of a very effective presentation.
    Great point on living with disease induced disability. So vital in appreciating incidence over mortality.
    Impressed 🙂

  15. That is spec-fucking-tacular.

  16. Ab says:

    I love this. As a nurse immunisier, you just gave me a few great new points to respond to anti vax parents. Huge courage to present that Infront of the AVN.

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  20. Bec says:

    I think we can all take a leaf out of scottys book. He was respectful, non aggressive, knowledgable and calm. Well done. If anything will get through this will. And if it doesn’t to the hard core believers it will certainly to the fence sitters

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