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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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

I never knew that a simple apple had such a complex chemical composition. I learn something new everyday.

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

SNAP!

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Pamela24
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10 months ago

One of my favourite tweets of all time (the second one, obviously). I hope to be one day this articulate.

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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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chi-wei shen
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10 months ago

Alan Turing was praised for what he has done during war time and condemned for whom he loved. That's the great tragedy of his life.

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Paul K. Johnson
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10 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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10 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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Dorothy Parker
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10 months ago

I love my Space Pen! Works great.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

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

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Daria B
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10 months ago

I think we should celebrate holidays of all existing religions, that should be given equally to all followers and non followers. Yay! Every day is a holiday! ♡

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

Hilarious!

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Elli Rahim
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10 months ago

Excellent campaign.

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Fish Boden
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10 months ago

I can't believe that the idiot had 1.8k up-votes. Yowsers, so many dafties.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 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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10 months ago

Ouch, that NASA burn

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
10 months ago

That student has many shocks ahead of him in life methinks

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Mama Panda
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10 months ago

oh good grief, we are all in trouble

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 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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Scagsy
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10 months ago

President of the kick ass roasting division of the IGF

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NavyDave
Community Member
10 months ago

I mean, astrophysics aren't directly related to climate change, but you can expect someone who has a PhD in it to know à lot more than someone so unintelligent that they spell virus vIRUS and say that people who believe the truth(that climate change exists) are criminals.

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Mama Panda
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10 months ago

hahahaha I love it when people who have no flippin' idea who they are talking to make an ass out of themselves. I always look up whoever I am in a discussion/argument/debate with before I make a comment that I might regret later. You never know if someone's background qualifies them to be right or not.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 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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Mama Panda
Community Member
10 months ago

But but I saw it on Facebook so it must be true! hahaha

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ImaDerp
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10 months ago

Oooo roasted!

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NavyDave
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10 months ago

Calculating the amount of valence electrons in a nucleus is easy, since there are none.

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Raine Soo
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10 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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10 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 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.

Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
10 months ago

What about the memo that a living authistic child is better than a dead child ffs?

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
10 months ago

"If you sedated, cut open and removed parts from a person you'd be sent to jail. So why is it legal for doctors to do it?" Maybe a follow up campaign to help us all learn the illogical truth ;)

N G
Community Member
10 months ago

What's with the word breaks? Was this cut and pas-ted from an-other source?

Marcus Fleming
Community Member
10 months ago

Yeah. I really noticed that too. Diagnosis: Alcohol-induced Hyphen-ation.

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Dave Nalesnik
Community Member
10 months ago

Wow! My rage filled, alcohol induced responses are waaaay less cogent than this. Kudos to you, science person!

Louloubelle
Community Member
10 months ago

And don't you love the fact that the scientist is drunk and still smarter than the anti-vaxxer. And I'll jump on the kudos wagon.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

[Sarcasm = on] But, but. but...Vaccines do cause autism! Just visit cdautism.org and learn how Kerry Rivera will help you to protect your kid from autism and even cure your child from autism if you've been a bad parent and let your kid get vaccinated. She'll help you using Chlorine Dioxide and all you have to do is donate a substantial amount of money to support her cause. [Sarcasm = off]

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
10 months ago

Correlation isn't causation. Best example? Vaccines and autism. EVERYONE gets vaccinated in the US (or did). Ergo, kids with an autism spectrum diagnosis had a history of vaccination. So did kids without that diagnosis. And the guy who published the "causation" study later retracted it, and admitted he *made it up*....

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
10 months ago

Nah, Wakefield never retracted the study; the Lancet did. Wakefield still swears up and down that the MMR vaccine causes autism.

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Eduard Korhonen
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10 months ago

I'm bothered by the apparently unnecessary amount of - in several words of the reply. I'll admit that my grammar isn't great, but I'm sure that few, if any, of them are supposed to be there.

Ben Timages
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm glad you wrote this, be-cause I thought it mig-ht have been a gli-tch in my com-puter!

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Trixie Argh
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10 months ago

And no matter what, shame on them for making it out like autism is the worst thing that could happen to someone! And even if it was some risk of it causing autism, I would rather have a kid with autism than one that is in pain and suffer to death from diseases I could have prevented.

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
10 months ago

Not just a burn but a whole forest fire. LOL

Julia Daxenbichler
Community Member
10 months ago

This would have been great if it wasn't for the unnecessary vegan bashing. "Vegan" doesn't equal "dumb anti-vaxxer". Please don't put us into the same category as those dumbasses.

Roos de Leeuw
Community Member
10 months ago

exactly what I was gonna say

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CincyReds
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10 months ago

Just love this scientist. Rage and alcohol induced.... very clever

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
5 months ago

Well done - this should be printed in flyer form and given out to all of the cretins who think that vaccination is the work of the devil ..... or something ...

Jen Gearhart
Community Member
9 months ago

My idiot ex husband believed all the crap about vaccines being harmful. When I took my kids for their checkups I just didn't tell him they had shots and too the band-aids of before he saw them. I'm pretty sure he still thinks they didn't get all the vaccines.

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
10 months ago

I like drunk scientists.

Isaac Ralte
Community Member
10 months ago

Since when is mercury a vaccine

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
10 months ago

I love the scientists rant!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
10 months ago

anti-vaxxers don't read memos -- they read memes....hence the problem

Doreen Pinkham
Community Member
10 months ago

I love when scientists school anti-vaxxers. Sadly, they are like trump supporters - they have zero interest in facts and very few can be convinced they are wrong. The ones that can be convinced are usually not swayed by facts, but by having their child or loved one get sick or even die from a vaccine preventable disease. PS - this person knows their stuff, but they should also know how to spell 'thimerosal'.

Charles Brentner
Community Member
10 months ago

Even more scary there are no doubt some who are so distrustful of vaccines that if/when we have one for Covid-19 they will probably refuse to take it. They would probably consider it their right to refuse and take the risk of restarting the pandemic we are currently fighting.

Billy The Kid
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10 months ago

I like the user name - wonderbraforyourdick

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
10 months ago

Rage on you alcoholic scientist!!! Rage on!!!

Billy The Kid
Community Member
10 months ago

And that is fucking that! dont fuck with me im a raging mutter fucking scientist!!!! GOD IM SO ANGRY!!!

Bacony
Community Member
10 months ago

why did i read this in g-man's voice

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
10 months ago

I love this Guy/Gal !!!! Told him where his shit was at.

Ellen Daniels
Community Member
10 months ago

So, you anti-Vaxxers travel to areas with endemic diptheria, typhus, etc without vaccines? Please, do sample the local water supplies when you travel. But don't take your children, please.

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
10 months ago

There's more formaldehyde in a pear than there is in a vaccine.

Beli Keshini
Community Member
10 months ago

If you approach a stranger on the street, pierce his skin with hundreds and thousands of stitches and enter substances like antimony, arsenic, beryllium, calcium, lithium, selenium or sulphur into his dermis, you will probably get arrested and sued for mayhem. If an expert does this, you thank him and pay a lot of money for your new tattoo - so what is that original post telling us?! To leave proper work to the experts?!

Mishte Tine
Community Member
10 months ago

Mic drop

Colleen
Community Member
10 months ago

Wow, wonder if that scientist needs a drinking buddy?

GrrlFriday
Community Member
10 months ago

Vaccine injuries ARE real and some people cannot be vaccinated. So saying vax your kids if you want them to live is a bit much.

Thatshedley Ibohjin
Community Member
10 months ago

drives me to drink too

Paige Jordan
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

The jerk who started the whole autism is caused by vaccines falsified his peer reviewed paper to push it through and when his "experiments" that he nit picked choice demi-facts from were recreated (actually peer reviewed) everything came out. He lost his medical license, his PhD, his rep, and his freedom. STILL idiots believe the first paper. This has been a sleep deprivation fueled response by a an actual biologist who has no choice but to work in retail because you have to have at least a bachelor's to work in a lab, an the nearest program is a 3 hour relocation impossible for a single mom with pennies for an income.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
10 months ago

A resurgence of not only smallpox, but polio. Another previous killer was tuberculosis. It's still around, as is Bubonic plague, but pretty rare these days.

Peter Bear
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10 months ago

I will never get tired of reading this one.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
10 months ago

So how many anti-vaxxers are going to get the COVID vaccine I wonder?

banana
Community Member
10 months ago

Isn't mercury poisonous though? I'm not antivax but genuine question. Is it that it's in a small enough dose that it doesn't make a difference?

Pusfarm
Community Member
10 months ago

You should read this entire thread. Someone talks about mercury in vaccines in another post.

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CatWoman312
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10 months ago

But I don’t want to give them vaccines because the words are too big!

Mark Johanen
Community Member
10 months ago

Note that this post contradicts the previous post. This post says that someone is being stupid and anti-science for supposing that because a chemical is potentially dangerous, that therefore it should not be used in any quantity in a medicine. The previous post said that someone is being stupid and anti-science for supposing that a small dose of a potentially dangerous chemical could have medicinal value.

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Tovah Roche
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10 months ago

Someone should probably tell them that Darwin believed in God and evolution simultaneously throughout most of his research years.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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10 months ago

"Organically" ... jeez people are stupid!

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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10 months ago

Roasted and toasted

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Raine Soo
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10 months ago

Long live the onion!

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 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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10 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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Cori
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10 months ago

I instantly tune out anyone who refers to grown women as 'girls' anyway, especially when they're talking about an educated woman in a high level position. I'm fairly certain this same man wouldn't refer to a male meteorologist as a 'weather boy.'

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EA
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10 months ago (edited)

Tell that to the families of women who died from cervical cancer. Including a 15 year old girl in the UK a few years ago. Plus it’s been proven that men can be affected by HPV as well so some are campaigning for teenage boys to have the vaccine too. Oh and it might not cause cancer, but more often genital warts and other infections. Who would want to be protected from getting genital warts right?! Morons...

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Mama Panda
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10 months ago

Umm Anthropology is not easy.

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Sue Hazlewood
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10 months ago

Ye gods, even I know apricot seeds are poisonous

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Raine Soo
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10 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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10 months ago (edited)

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

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