A social psychologist found that showing people how manipulative techniques work can create resilience against misinformation
Unfortunately the people who need it are anti-vax
I think a virus analogy is pretty good.
Some hand-wavy generalizations about the issue include:
- People who fall for baloney of one kind tend to be vulnerable to other kinds. i.e., a person who is persuaded by one conspiracy theory is more likely to also believe in other conspiracy theories.
- Of course we are more likely to share the beliefs of close family and friends - hokum or otherwise.
- Providing a person with sound facts is frequently not effective at dissuading them from their false beliefs. (Maybe it works better if it comes from a person they are close to?)
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