Must Read: The Denier Debunking Handbook

The Debunking Handbook, written by John Cook of Skeptical Science and Stephan Lewandowsky of The Conversation, is a must-read summary of the scientific literature on how to extract pernicious myths from people’s minds and restore fact-based knowledge. The Handbook explores “the surprising fact that debunking myths can sometimes reinforce the myth in peoples’ minds.” Learn how to avoid the Familiarity Backfire, the Overkill Backfire, and the Worldview Backfire Effects. Although the examples used come primarily from the world of climate science, the tools in the Debunking Handbook are key for debunking other myths about science, economics, and society.

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