Just published a paper on the @crankyuncles game - a readable (not too technical) explanation of the scientific research into inoculation theory & using cartoon humor to counter misinformation that informed the design of the critical thinking game. crankyuncle.com/wp-content/upl…
It's published in Plus Lucis, an educational journal for science teachers in Austria & Germany (but my paper is in English). The current issue is print-only but the journal let me upload the online version. The whole issue will be open-access in ~1 year.
BTW, @autonomycoop is hard at work on the multi-language version of the @crankyuncles game & volunteers have already translated the game into German, Dutch, & Spanish. If anyone would like to help with translation or beta-testing, please sign up via sks.to/crankytranslat…

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16 Dec 20
A useful new resource on climate science denial was just published in the #Research Handbook on Communicating #ClimateChange elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/97… 1/7
I was invited to edit the section on climate science denial by @DrDavidCHolmes & #LucyRichardson - thx to contributions from leading researchers, we put together a concise & comprehensive 3-chapter resource 2/7
1st chapter is “Sources and amplifiers of climate change denial” by @redunlap1 & @RBrulle - providing a sweeping overview of the various organizations producing climate misinformation over the years. elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/97… 3/7
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11 Dec 20
It’s challenging debunking misinformation in polarized issues like climate change or COVID. The @crankyuncles game tackles this problem with a critical thinking approach known as logic-based inoculation. crankyuncle.com/game 1/12
We inoculate people against misinformation by exposing them to a weakened form of misinformation. In other words, warn of the threat of being misled & explain the techniques used to mislead. I researched this approach in sks.to/inoculation 2/12
I found that climate misinformation was most effective on political conservatives (orange line). But inoculating people by explaining the denial technique neutralized the misinformation across the political spectrum (blue line). 3/12
Read 12 tweets
10 Dec 20
Here’s a short but sweet supercut of bloopers by @Reasondisabled in the original Critical Thinking Cafe video.
This moment has become so iconic that the Ellertonesque “we’re done” has become a personal catchphrase for my wife & I, applicable in many everyday situations. Definitely worth an animated GIF!
The 1st Critical Thinking Cafe video by @Reasondisabled, @davekinkead & myself, was actually a video abstract for our @IOPenvironment paper on using critical thinking to deconstruct climate misinformation. Full video @ , full paper @ sks.to/criticalclimate
Read 4 tweets
7 Dec 20
Logic-based inoculation - explaining the rhetorical techniques used to mislead - is like a universal vaccine against misinformation. This is the approach used in the upcoming @crankyuncles game (coming Dec 15) crankyuncle.com/game 1/10
There are two main ways to inoculate people against misinformation: fact-based & logic-based. Fact-based corrections show how a myth is wrong by explaining facts. Logic-based corrections explain the technique or fallacy used by the myth. 2/10
When @PhilippMSchmid & @CorneliaBetsch tested both methods (calling them topic & technique rebuttals), they found both were effective edisciplinas.usp.br/pluginfile.php… 3/10
Read 10 tweets
6 Dec 20
The upcoming Critical Thinking Cafe video about the @crankyuncles game (coming Dec 15) will include an explanation of FLICC: the 5 techniques of science denial (fake experts, logical fallacies, impossible expectations, cherry picking, conspiracy theories) crankyuncle.com/game
FLICC is the backbone of the @crankyuncles game - players build up cranky points (on their way to becoming a fully fledged cranky uncle) by learning the techniques that Cranky Uncles use to deny science.
As you get further into the game, you unlock other denial techniques in the FLICC taxonomy. Each time you learn a new denial technique, you unlock more cartoon examples of each fallacy.
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5 Dec 20
We'll launch @crankyuncles game on Dec 15 - will also release a Critical Thinking Cafe video introducing the game. Shortly afterwards, will also release bloopers from the film shoot. Here's a teaser blooper of @Reasondisabled responding to my placeholder Skype sound effect.
IMO, the best moment in this blooper isn't @Reasondisabled laughing in the second take. It's his attempt to not laugh in the first take (look for the tiny suppressed smile).
To get notified when the game launches & any other @crankyuncles news, sign up at sks.to/crankynews
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