Crisis and Denial – A Talk On Conspiracies and Fact-Resistance

Crisis and Denial – A Talk On Conspiracies and Fact-Resistance June 27, 2020

What do climate deniers, anti-vaccination activists and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists have in common? Why are they so resistant to ‘facts’?

Join research psychologist and former politician Dr Carmen Lawrence, social scientist Professor Julie Leask and cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandowsky as they explore why myths and misinformation can be so compelling, who benefits from spreading misinformation, and how we can change people’s minds.

Facilitated by Misha Ketchell, Editor of The Conversation. Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The Conversation.

I interviewed Stephan Lewandowsky and Julie Leask a few years ago for the Token Skeptic podcast and Carmen Lawrence for RTRFM local radio here in Perth a few years later; here’s a great talk by the Hawke Centre about denialism – particularly COVID-19 – in modern times.


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