Arguing with the anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, flat earthers, and climate change deniers is a heck of a job. If you've ever tried, you’ll know what I am talking about.

And even though you recognize the fallacy in their arguments, like saying that masks don’t help to stop the coronavirus, you sometimes need heavy artillery.

Luckily, some people who know what they’re talking about have done everyone a service and stepped in to school the science deniers big time. From biochemists to sport scientists, these are some of the most mic-drop moves in stopping the spread of misinformation.

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WilvanderHeijden
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9 months ago

Anti-vaxxer logic: Why risk having a child with autism when you can have one with a wheelchair?

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Raine Soo
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9 months ago

SNAP!

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Fish Boden
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9 months ago

Such an awesome burn!

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These days, when there are so many science deniers, it may feel like arguing with them is absolutely pointless. But a 2019 study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior showed that it’s in fact worth arguing with them.

Philipp Schmid and Cornelia Betsch of the University of Erfurt in Germany conducted six experiments with 1,773 subjects. They assessed “how to mitigate the influence of a denier on the audience.”

The results showed that “not responding to science deniers has a negative effect on attitudes towards behaviors favored by science (for example, vaccination) and intentions to perform these behaviors.”

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Downunderdude
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9 months ago

Very nicely said.

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Paul K. Johnson
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9 months ago

Dear God-botherers. If god drowned everyone except one family on the planet because they were evil then he believed that unborn children could be evil (not to mention all the born children). You anti-abortion types must really hate god for that.

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Joran Quinten
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9 months ago

That last remark hits it home!

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Facing deniers can be treated as a concerned and important effort to fight misinformation. The authors of the study suggest that “not turning up to the discussion at all seems to result in the worst effect.”

Meanwhile, showing up on an acquaintance's Facebook post, even if you think it's pointless, will surely do some good.

Interestingly, the authors claim that science deniers use the same rhetoric across domains. It means that “uncovering their rhetorical techniques is an effective and economic addition to the advocates’ toolbox.”

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Andrew Gibb
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9 months ago

In the 1980's a Fisher space pen was the height of sophistication at school.

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WilvanderHeijden
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9 months ago

Never ending story of idiots spreading a disease because they do not believe in science.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago

"Yes, prayers and thoughts and mass church services are more than sufficient to fight a pandemic. Oh, and we do not care if you lost your job. That's no reason to stop giving generous donations to your preacher. Now hold your hands against the tv-screen and I will chase the Corona away." Signed Kenneth Copeland.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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9 months ago

E V E R Y B O D Y

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Elli Rahim
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9 months ago

Excellent campaign.

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Mascha Claessens
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9 months ago

Hahaha. This is something that could've been prevented with a simple wiki-search. And I'm saying that as a biologist.

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WilvanderHeijden
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9 months ago

Lol. How dare you debunk the nonsense I'm spewing on the internet with science? Don't you ever do that again!!!!

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Joran Quinten
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9 months ago

Ouch, that NASA burn

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Sue Hazlewood
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9 months ago

That student has many shocks ahead of him in life methinks

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Ilya Ditkovskiy
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9 months ago

Man Rona made it real easy to sift out idiots

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago

Even if you'd put the entire flat-earth movement in a spaceship and circle the earth in any way they want, they'd be telling you that it's a trick with mirrors and projectors. But at least they are harmless and don't hurt other people with their nonsense.

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Yugan Talovich
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9 months ago

How would you respond?? Oh, that's nice, and I am showing myself out the door....

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Raine Soo
Community Member
9 months ago

Gary P Jackson is a dolt pushing ignorance.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
9 months ago

It seems evident that Kaz Self is and has none of the above. So, to quote her, she should STFU.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago

History is there to teach the future lessons. But of course, you do need some kind of education to be able to understand those lessons.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago

But she read it on Facebook so it must be true!!!!

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ImaDerp
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9 months ago

Oooo roasted!

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ThreeOfAKind
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9 months ago

"People who boast about their IQ are losers."

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Raine Soo
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9 months ago (edited)

People seem to forget that astronauts are bonafide scientists with degrees in engineering, and other biological and mathematical sciences. DId they think that they were just a bunch of space cowboys?

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StormsTempest
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9 months ago

Do people forget that literally everything is made up of chemicals...?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
9 months ago

"A little knowledge (learning) is a dangerous thing." Alexander Pope

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Raine Soo
Community Member
9 months ago

The theory that vaccines cause autism has been completely debunked years ago. Did the anti-vaxxers not get the memo? It doesn't matter. They'll still believe rumour and hearsay over science.

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Raine Soo
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9 months ago

Charles Darwin most likely would have received the Nobel Prize had it had been established 30 years earlier. Unfortunately, they are not awarded posthumously.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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9 months ago

"Organically" ... jeez people are stupid!

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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9 months ago

Roasted and toasted

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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9 months ago

All pray to the onion overlord.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago

More and more European countries make vaccinating mandatory. Unvaccinated children are banned from schools in those countries and parents can be forced to have their children vaccinated. And rightly so. Screw your "strong convictions" and "religious beliefs", our national health is endangered because of your bullshit and we are getting tired of your stupidity.

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Csaba Hegedűs
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9 months ago

It's so sad to see one thinks that if their kids are momentarily healthy without vaccination, that's proof that this state will keep up indefinitely. It most likely won't. It would be funny to see their faces when they realize their mistakes, but it won't, because it would be to the expense of the child who'd deserve better.

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Adam Francis
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9 months ago

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Here's the truth on "climate change". It's become politicized. That means that people are using fear tactics to get the public onboard with whatever politicians want to do. That said, climate and the environment is in much worse shape than anyone knows. Things are going to get bad. Yes CO2 is a contributor but so is much more of what people are doing along with what nature itself is doing and will do on its own. It's gonna be bad.

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Mama Panda
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9 months ago

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First, Candace Owens was off by a month not years. The HPV shot was first available in May 2006. Candace Owens was born in April 1989, therefore she had just turned 17. It's a common mistake that she made about her age and the time frame in which she received the shot. Second, the target age to receive the first shot for girls is between 9 and 13 years old (this proves the replying person wrong). Since the vaccination was first made available in 2006, Candace would have been ok to get the shot when she was barely 17 years old. People see age in years not in months and that is where their mistakes are made. Maybe the person who replied should have researched their answer just as I just did. Candace Owens wasn't lying.

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Joran Quinten
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9 months ago

Alana Fierce

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Sue Hazlewood
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9 months ago

Ye gods, even I know apricot seeds are poisonous

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Raine Soo
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9 months ago

The issue, my friend, is why do flat-earthers believe hokum without question?

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Raine Soo
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9 months ago (edited)

I'd laugh if this weren't so sad.

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