Study: Rational arguments and ridicule can both reduce belief in conspiracy theories

Well, this article changes things.

But wait! What if this is also a conspiracy theory?! 🙂

No, I haven’t vetted this article and, no, I didn’t “do the research”. The authors did note that the “present study is not without limitations” so do take it with a grain of salt.

“You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you” | The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal has a wonderful explanation of the backfire effect about our ever-so-human challenge of changing our own or each others’ minds. I know a few of my hard-to-challenge core beliefs but I’m sure I have more that I haven’t identified yet.

CW: If you want to see the… adult-language version where some of the illustrations use strong language. It is still worth reading and pondering.