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My uncle is knee-deep in COVID conspiracy theories. Any tips for respectfully engaging him?

Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Experts recommend the SART strategy: Show empathy; Affirm critical thinking; avoid Ridicule; and invoke conspiracy theory “exiters” as Trusted messengers. And it never hurts to remember that as humans we need to feel heard before we can truly listen. Ah, conspiracy theories. We’ve all been exposed to them – wildly inaccurate hot-takes about COVID,

Nerdy Girl Live Q&A on Mon, 11/21: Triple Threat Thanksgiving & Science Denial

Families/Kids Socializing Staying Safe Uncertainty and Misinformation

Monday, 11/21/22, at 1:30 pm EST/10:30 am PST Join Those Nerdy Girls for timely advice on staying well during a “triple threat” holiday season and practical insights into science denial – why it happens and how to navigate tricky conversations. Hosted by Those Nerdy Girls with: Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH: Co-Founder of Critica, Author of

What is prebunking?

Uncertainty and Misinformation

Tl;DR: Prebunking is an effective strategy to combat misinformation. Prebunking makes people aware in advance that they might be misled and teaches folks ways to recognize misinformation at the get-go. Prebunking, sometimes called attitudinal inoculation, alerts people in advance that misinformation and disinformation might be coming their way. Prebunking is an effective “heads up” for

⚠️ A critical review of Florida’s recent vaccine analysis ⚠️

Uncertainty and Misinformation

Florida recently announced the results of an analysis that they performed, claiming the results show “an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39” for the mRNA vaccines. Based on this analysis, they recommend this group not receive these vaccines. This is a bold recommendation. Is it justified? ✅ Short answer: no. A few things

P: ¿La Ivermectina previene o trata el COVID-19?

Posts en Español Treatments Uncertainty and Misinformation

R: Los estudios clínicos NO apoyan el uso de ivermectina para tratar COVID-19. Hay ensayos clínicos en curso y todavía se están analizando datos adicionales. La ivermectina es un medicamento que se usa para tratar infecciones por parásitos (como gusanos) en personas y animales. Lamentablemente, no tenemos datos confiables sobre la seguridad o eficacia de

¡Refutando los mitos de la vasectomía!

Posts en Español Reproductive Health Uncertainty and Misinformation

Hay muchos mitos circulando en el internet sobre la vasectomía. ¡Vamos a refutar estos mitos! Primero, ¿qué es la vasectomía? La vasectomía es un procedimiento quirúrgico en el cual se cortan o bloquean los tubos (llamados conductos deferentes) del escroto que conducen el esperma fuera de los testículos. De esta manera, el esperma no puede

What is confirmation bias? What is motivated reasoning? How do they impact the spread of misinformation?

Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Confirmation bias happens when we accept information that confirms our pre-existing ideas or beliefs, but ignore or question information that does not. Motivated reasoning happens when we only seek out information that confirms what we already think is true. Both ways of distorted thinking can lead us to share information without critically assessing it