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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1 month 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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1 month ago

SNAP!

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Pamela24
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

I love my Space Pen! Works great.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month 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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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month ago

Hilarious!

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Elli Rahim
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1 month ago

Excellent campaign.

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Fish Boden
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1 month 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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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch, that NASA burn

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

That student has many shocks ahead of him in life methinks

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Mama Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

oh good grief, we are all in trouble

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month ago

President of the kick ass roasting division of the IGF

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NavyDave
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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ImaDerp
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1 month ago

Oooo roasted!

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NavyDave
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

ANYONE who has been on a mountain above 5000 ft has seen the curvature of the earth, as a Skydiver who has jumped from above 10,000 ft the curve of the earth is extremely pronounced at that height.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month 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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Tovah Roche
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1 month 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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1 month ago

"Organically" ... jeez people are stupid!

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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1 month ago

Roasted and toasted

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Long live the onion!

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Umm Anthropology is not easy.

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Ye gods, even I know apricot seeds are poisonous

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago (edited)

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

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