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Author Topic: The Denialist Playbook On vaccines, evolution, and more  (Read 64 times)
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« on: November 14, 2020, 09:12:59 am »

Interesting reading, explains a lot (except motives)

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-denialist-playbook/?utm_source=pocket-newtab


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The denialist playbook is now erupting around the coronavirus. Although COVID-19 is new, the reactions to public health measures, scientific claims, and expert advice are not. Attitudes and behaviors concerning the threat posed by the coronavirus (doubting the science), the efficacy of lockdowns and mask wearing (freedoms being eroded) and alternative treatments (gadflies over experts) are being driven as much or more by rhetoric than by evidence.


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So, what are the motives behind denialism?

here is one long articel
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/03/denialism-what-drives-people-to-reject-the-truth

and another
https://theconversation.com/humans-are-hardwired-to-dismiss-facts-that-dont-fit-their-worldview-127168

to be blunt, I don't get any of the reasoning . But then, I am hard wired to believe in science and proven facts.

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2020, 04:38:09 pm »

Interesting read. Here's an episode of CBC's Ideas exploring the rise of conspiracy theories:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/are-conspiracy-theories-really-a-new-religion-1.5782172

One quote: "Conspiracy theories are appealing to people in particular when they have important psychological needs that are not being satisfied."
- Karen Douglas, University of Kent professor
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