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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jul 9, 2023

On episode 178, we welcome Lee McIntyre to discuss the viral spread of disinformation and the motivators behind it, combating science denialism and Lee’s foray into the world of Flat-Earthers, how to distinguish between real and fake conspiracies, whether we should debate science deniers and the RFK Jr scandal, why Leon abandoned the conspiratorial mindset, the criticisms of cognitive immunology, the correlations of cognitive inoculation and psychotherapy, changing the law to account for biased algorithms, challenging emotionally based beliefs, the importance of admitting errors to build trust, the elements of totalitarian regimes and authoritarian groups, the achievements and drawbacks of the Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate, and how science denialism puts democracies in danger.

Lee McIntyre is Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. Formerly Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, he has taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Simmons University, Tufts Experimental College, and Harvard Extension School. His new book, coming out on August 22nd, is called On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy. 


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