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Debunking Handbook

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The Debunking Handbook, a guide to debunking misinformation, is now freely available to download. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there's no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on the most effective ways of reducing the influence of myths. The Debunking Handbook boils the research down into a short, simple ...more
ebook, 9 pages
Published November 2011 by Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
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Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Skeptics, of course.
This handy little ebook weighs in at only 6* pages, and is a quick, useful read for skeptics everywhere.

To be honest, it will probably prove more helpful to those acting in a professional capacity than, say, your ordinary armchair skeptic. It is very much geared toward journalists, bloggers, and others of that sort who are active in trying to debunk the myths pervasive in our society. In this case, the focus is on climate change--that is, fighting the misinformation spewed forth from the ignoran
Tony Boyles
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
For its length, it's an adequate introduction with concrete suggestions for debunking. However, I think the ratio of topic complexity to book length is WAY too high, suggesting this pamphlet is much too ambitious. I'd prefer a longer work on the same.
Tyson Adams
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an early review copy of this handy manual from John Cook to help with some climate extension workshops I was doing. The tips were very handy and give great insights into how misinformation imbeds itself.

For a more detailed look at this topic, John has since created a MOOC via the University of Queensland called Making Sense of Climate Science Denial. It is relevant across many fields, but focuses on example from climate science misinformation/myths.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice, no-nonsense book on how to practically debunk a myth, when you know what you're talking about. Real examples are provided which tell how the process *should not* be done - helpful. Most are basic concepts which you may already know about, but considering the size of the book, it's worth spending time on it as you may end up picking up a tip or two.
Benjamin Gladwin
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
It's an Interesting insight into the mindset of the author more famously know for being the webmaster at a pro-anthropogenic global warming blog. It's an easy read, but I just wonder how the other side would use his tips if they read this...
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: skeptics, rationalists
The Backfire Effect (how humans really think): When facts challenge your beliefs, you don't change your beliefs to accept new information.

This is a quick, dirty guide to correcting misconceptions and presenting facts while working your way around the Backfire Effect.
Kelsey Breseman
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
short, useful, to the point
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet, interesting read. Not a blogger, don't spend a lot of time trying to debunk people. Still, nice to have a resource if needed. Currently free online.
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