Episode #876

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Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Instrument

Question #1: Communicating Skepticism

  • I work at a not-for-profit (https://www.digitalpublicsquare.org/) and one of things we try to create are interventions when it comes to things like public health. In terms of vaccine misinformation, we have a site that offers information in a quiz-like format (https://knowitornot.com/). Now I know you all have discussed the efficacy of these types of interventions and wanted to know your thoughts. I’ve heard that sometimes these types of true/false paradigms might not be the best and don’t do well to ‘vaccinate’ folks against mis/disinformation. Personally I can see how such a paradigm ‘talks down’ to someone who’s deep in the hole, and it might not communicate the ‘skeptical’ mindset. I’m wondering what the skeptics think of strategies like these, and if there are any particular insights you could offer based on your experiences. Love the show, thanks! Wahid Shafique Toronto

Science or Fiction

Skeptical Quote of the Week.

“Stupid entropy ruins everything.” ― Jennifer Ouellette, The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse