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Seize the Moment Podcast

Aug 13, 2023

On episode 183, we welcome Sander van der Linden to discuss how to spot and protect yourself from falling for disinformation, the emotional reasons that sustain and prevent people from changing their false beliefs, the psychological foundations of conspiratorial thinking, conspiracy theories as easy to digest explanations for reality despite their complexity, why examining each conspiracy theory is unfeasible, the tendency of charlatans to impersonate experts, and how polarizing and emotionally-charged rhetoric overrides ability to critically think.

Sander van der Linden is a professor at the University of Cambridge and a regular advisor to governments and social media companies on fighting misinformation. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. He is also part of the Mental Immunity Project and CIRCE (Cognitive Immunology Research Collaborative), which aim to advance and apply the science of mental immunity to inoculate minds against misinformation. His new book, available now, is called Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity.

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