This isn't the article I was thinking of but close enough:https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/why-are-the-educated-more-likely-to-be-against-vaccines
It isn't always the "necks" or magatroids
Anti-vaxxers tend to congregate in urban centers, creating anti-vaccination hotspots in cities like Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Houston and Kansas City.
This has been true throughout history. In the 19th century, when the smallpox epidemic was raging across the country, anti-vaccination movements sprang up amongst the educated middle class in cities like Boston and Minneapolis.
It seems counterintuitive. Weâ€™d like to think that, along with an education, you gain an understanding of how vaccines work â€” or, at least, a certain respect for the medical experts who are recommending them. And polls have indeed shown that anti-vaccine views are inversely correlated with education levels.
But according to Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, especially in urban areas, anti-vaxxers tend to be more affluent. They also come from regions of the country with the highest education rates, like college and tech towns. These anti-vaxxers have better access to the internet and more time to visit websites and chatrooms that already align with their belief system. Online and in books, they can find plenty of fuel to feed their fire. Amazon and Facebook, says Hotez, are some of the biggest providers of false information and anti-vaccination books.
Unfortunately, facts donâ€™t often create incentives for us to stray from our chosen beliefs. Instead of using our education to identify the truth, we use it to rationalize conclusions that are already accepted by our chosen camp, says social neuroscientist Jay Van Bavel, director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab at New York University.
â€śPeople with more education tend to be more polarized,â€ť adds Van Bavel.
In other words, if your tribe doesnâ€™t believe in getting vaccinated, youâ€™re unlikely to change your beliefs even if they might be inaccurate.
Van Bavel says that humans evolved in small groups and were able to adapt, flourish and take over the globe based on an ability to cooperate with one another. Millions of years later, the groups we identify with are still our most valued asset for survival. Our reaction to certain scientific truths is not so dissimilar from that of politics. We want to signal to the group our cooperation, says Van Bavel. As a result, weâ€™ll defend our camps even if we know certain positions to be wrong or even unethical.
Unlike many other species, thereâ€™s no greater punishment than being shunned or ostracized from the group. Weâ€™re so attuned to social standing that when we feel alone or separate from our perceived group, it causes changes to our brains. These changes can prompt the body to release the stress hormone cortisol, impact gene expression and even cause our IQs to temporarily plummet, says Van Bavel.
It ends on the optimistic note that this behavior doesn't change unless someone close to these groups gets sick and dies.
I guess we should be airlifting the covid infected into these pockets of resistance.
That's my big government solution.