How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"Climate change is a hoax - and so is coronavirus." "Vaccines are bad for you." These days, many of our fellow citizens reject scientific expertise and prefer ideology to facts. They are not merely uninformed - they are misinformed. They cite cherry-picked evidence, rely on fake experts, and believe conspiracy theories. How can we get them to change their minds and accept the facts when they don't believe in facts? In this book, Lee McIntyre shows that anyone can fight back against science deniers, and argues that it's important to do so. Science denial can kill.
Drawing on his own experience - including a visit to a Flat Earth convention - as well as academic research, McIntyre outlines the common themes of science denialism, present in misinformation campaigns ranging from tobacco companies' denial in the 1950s that smoking causes lung cancer to today's anti-vaxxers. He describes attempts to use his persuasive powers as a philosopher to convert Flat Earthers; surprising discussions with coal miners; and conversations with a scientist friend about genetically modified organisms in food. McIntyre offers tools and techniques for communicating the truth and values of science, emphasizing that the most important way to reach science deniers is to talk to them calmly and respectfully - to put ourselves out there, and meet them face to face.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 32 minutes|
|Narrator||Eric Michael Summerer|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||21 September 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 52,217 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
87 in Philosophy & Science
375 in Political Philosophy (Books)
381 in Political Science (Audible Books & Originals)
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Rather than being an elitist, Lee McIntyre is very humble and uses self effacing humor. He talks about his mistakes in trying to communicate to those who take views in opposition to science. He takes the reader on a journey through his discovery of the best way to understand and communicate with those who wind up believing in illogical, unscientific and ultimately harmful behavior (denial of climate change and denial of the reality of COVID-19). One of the characteristics is belief in conspiracy theories.
I learned a great deal in terms of how to speak to someone who is anti-vaccine. Maybe I can have an impact on their lives and on the lives of others through following the methods described by McIntyre.
Oddly enough, that attorney who sells estate planning transitioned from a criticism of McIntyre to talking about how "they" don't want you to be successful. How "they" want to keep you down. How he can protect us. Ironic isn't it? That attorney turns out to be a conspiracy theorist that McIntyre warns about.