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PostPosted: Dec 02, 2013 4:46 pm 
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Skeptical Science has a good handbook about debunking myths that can be reinforced instead of corrected by taking certain approaches.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/Debunki ... nload.html

First off, repeating the misinformation can often reinforce it.

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To debunk a myth, you often have to mention it -
otherwise, how will people know what you’re talking
about? However, this makes people more familiar
with the myth and hence more likely to accept it
as true. Does this mean debunking a myth might
actually reinforce it in people’s minds?
To test for this backfire effect, people were
shown a flyer that debunked common myths
about flu vaccines.

Afterwards, they were asked
to separate the myths from the facts. When
asked immediately after reading the flyer, people
successfully identified the myths. However, when
queried 30 minutes after reading the flyer, some
people actually scored worse after reading the
flyer. The debunking reinforced the myths.


Also providing too much information can be counterproductive and sometimes confusing.

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The Overkill Backfire Effect occurs because processing many arguments takes more effort than
just considering a few. A simple myth is more cognitively attractive than an over-complicated
correction.

The solution is to keep your content lean, mean and easy to read. Making your content easy to process means using every tool available. Use simple language, short sentences, subheadings and paragraphs. Avoid dramatic language and derogatory comments that alienate people. Stick to the facts.


Confronting someone's worldview with contradictory information can often reinforce their biases.

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The third and arguably most potent backfire effect
occurs with topics that tie in with people’s worldviews
and sense of cultural identity. Several cognitive
processes can cause people to unconsciously
process information in a biased way. For those who
are strongly fixed in their views, being confronted
with counter-arguments can cause their views to
be strengthened.


Effectively debunking a lot of the myths around nuclear power is probably going to be more complex than merely presenting the actual facts about risks and benefits.


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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2013 12:43 am 
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yes! thanks very much for bringing this again.

many highly educated people (professors) think because students MUST listen and MUST understand them, that the professor way is the most correct in influencing a great deal of people to their cause...

WELL THOUGHT OUT ACADEMIC FACTS DONT WORK FUCKING ANYWHERE!

SHORT SIMPLE WORDS.
REPEATED OFTEN.
ATTACKING OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS.
USING GRAPHIC IMAGES AND ASSOCIATIONS TO BELITTLE AND DESTROY THE CREDIBILITY OF OPPOSITION
USUALLY WORKS BEST!

Anyone who attacks nuclear is a coal lobbyist and wants higher energy prices. or they are taking government money for "green energy"..
and when i say "green energy" (unless you are a nitwit you already understand , but let me explain it for the nitwits), "green" energy is only "green" because of the money involved. It is always about the money... ALWAYS.

None of what we say matter, because china will have so many nuclear reactors soon the west will be forced to burn down trees to heat their houses cheaply.


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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2013 12:45 am 
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wind lovers hate birds
solar lovers get government kickbacks
coal lovers hate nuclear

Any time a nuclear plant is shut down, it is replaced by coal.
Any time a nuclear plant is shut down, it is replaced by coal.
Any time a nuclear plant is shut down, it is replaced by coal.
Any time a nuclear plant is shut down, it is replaced by coal.
Any time a nuclear plant is shut down, it is replaced by natural gas.


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