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Prof Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol). Research in misinformation, post-truth deception. Australian, British, European, rootless cosmopolitan
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Feb 20 21 tweets 38 min read
Leak or leap? @stuartjdneil @past_is_future and I published an article in @sciam a few days ago in which we examined the controversy surrounding the origin of SARS-Cov2…
@stuartjdneil @past_is_future @sciam We highlighted how scientific evidence could adjudicate between the two competing hypotheses, namely a leap from another species to humans vs. a leak from a virology lab in Wuhan. 2/n
Nov 30, 2021 18 tweets 30 min read
A thread about how the emanations of querulous quacks can set the media agenda, and how they can launch antivax nonsense into the global public, and can force a major German broadcaster (ARD) to debunk their nonsense
@annettedittert @SciBeh 1/n @annettedittert @SciBeh It all started when I encountered the debunking of a myth about vaccines causing heart attacks (in German) this morning:… 2/n
Oct 31, 2021 14 tweets 47 min read
Pope Francis recently tweeted about how technology companies prey on human weaknesses . This is not the only time the Pope has weighed in recently on the "post-truth" world. 1/n Here is another report of the Pope taking a stance on "post-truth"… 2/n
Sep 20, 2021 6 tweets 26 min read
Major update to the wiki underlying our COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Handbook 1/n Image The latest on vaccine mandates on our page at…

Updates to the issue of risk perception at…

Jul 3, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
New paper with Klaus Oberauer just out in Cognition that tackles the reasons for the pervasive political asymmetry in rejection of science.… . It's easy to see why conservative deny climate change --because it upsets biz as usual. But why vaccinations? 1/n Why are conservatives more opposed to vaccinations than liberals? This has shown up strikingly with COVID-19 vax and red v blue state differences:…

And why do conservatives trust scientists less about nuclear power than liberals as @ichiloe has shown? 2/n
Jan 6, 2021 9 tweets 31 min read
The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook: A practical guide for improving vaccine communication & fighting misinformation

Our new handbook (PDF+living wiki), which helps fighting the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. #c19vaxwiki 1/n This handbook is for journalists, doctors, nurses, policy makers, researchers, teachers, students, parents & more. It’s for everyone who wants to know more about COVID-19 vaccines, how to talk to others about them & how to challenge misinformation about the vaccines. #c19vaxwiki
Dec 7, 2020 6 tweets 7 min read
How to talk to someone about misinformation and conspiracy theories? Lots of resources now available: First there is the new in-depth Debunking Handbook ... 1/n Then there is the Conspiracy Handbook here with in-depth information: But now there is a new product, with hints and tips ...
Mar 31, 2020 6 tweets 17 min read
"Live" update of analysis of 2K UK respondents and their views on privacy-encroaching tracking policies:…
This page will change as more analyses are added. Links to project description and preregistration and data at the same link. 1/n This page will update periodically (slower than I had hoped but... workload). For discussion of project and suggestions:… @SciBeh @stefanmherzog @sTeamTraen @nicholaraihani @philipplenz6 @AnaSKozyreva @EJWagenmakers @VandekerckhoveJ
Mar 16, 2020 18 tweets 5 min read
THREAD: The model that influenced UK government policy… is now being critiqued after the UK government’s U-turn and acknowledgement that their initial policy might have caused up to 250,000 excess deaths.
1/n What follows from this? It does not follow that those scientists, or models generally, should be condemned or ridiculed. The scientists did their best under extremely difficult circumstances. No one approaches corona flippantly.
Mar 14, 2020 14 tweets 4 min read
I asked three questions yesterday about the UK covid policy, which left me puzzled:

Apparently I was not the only behavioural scientist puzzled by this. Today a letter by scientists that questions the government’s approach and is asking for that “behavioural” evidence to be released, has attracted >100 signatures from UK academics…