Compassionate Skepticism with Ross Balch

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The Skeptic Studio

February 20, 2017 Brainstorm #65 - The Skeptic Studio #11

In this episode Cory, Lisa, and Rene talked to Ross Balch about being more compassionate in our interactions with people we disagree with, as well as whether viruses are alive, and how worried we should be about antibiotic resistant bacteria; right up until the battery died on my laptop. 

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After the ad break we talked about The Backfire Effect

The backfire effect is a name for the finding that, given evidence against their beliefs, people can reject the evidence and believe even more strongly. The phrase was first coined by Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Backfire_effect

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/the-backfire-effect-why-facts-dont-win-arguments

https://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/06/10/the-backfire-effect/

https://youarenotsosmart.com/2017/02/11/yanss-095-how-to-fight-back-against-the-backfire-effect/


The Music Break


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Shift To Reason Radio

February 27th, 2017 Brainstorm #65 - Shift To Reason Radio #9

In this one Rene, Lisa, and Cory cover some stories about religion and pseudoscience. Then I put in our chat about the backfire effect. It's a bit out of order but hopefully it will be ok. We were still recording out of the studio so the sound isn't as good as it could be.

The Backfire Effect

The backfire effect is a name for the finding that, given evidence against their beliefs, people can reject the evidence and believe even more strongly. The phrase was first coined by Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Backfire_effect

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/the-backfire-effect-why-facts-dont-win-arguments

https://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/06/10/the-backfire-effect/

https://youarenotsosmart.com/2017/02/11/yanss-095-how-to-fight-back-against-the-backfire-effect/


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