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Pennycook, G. (2020). How the COVID-19 crisis exposes widespread climate change hypocrisy. CBC. Link
Pennycook, G. & Rand, D. G. (2020). The Right Way to Fight Fake News. The New York TimesLink
Pennycook, G. & Rand, D. G. (2019). Why Do People Fall for Fake News? The New York TimesLink
Pennycook, G., Martel, C., & Rand, D. G. (2019). Knowing how fake news preys on your emotions can help you spot it. CBCLink
Rand, D.G. & Pennycook, G. (2019). Crowdsourcing is the best weapon in fight against fake news. The HillLink
Barr, N. & Pennycook, G. (2018). The most dangerous and misunderstood threat to humanity is the human mind. QuartzLink [Note: We did not choose this terrible title.]
Cheyne, J.A. & Pennycook, G. (2016). The seductions of pretentious bullshit: An empirical study. Skeptic Magazine, 21, 40-45. PDF
Pennycook, G. (2016). Why bullshit is no laughing matter. Aeon Digital Magazine. Link


FiveThirtyEight: Americans Were Primed To Believe The Current Onslaught Of Disinformation
CBC: Confusing COVID-19 advice is undermining public trust; here’s how to restore it
New Yorker Magazine: Is Russian Meddling as Dangerous as We Think?
New York Times: ‘The Whole of Liberal Democracy Is in Grave Danger at This Moment’
Time Magazine: The Misinformation Age Has Exacerbated—And Been Exacerbated By—the Coronavirus Pandemic
Forbes: Research Shows How To Spot Fake News About Coronavirus
Scientific American: Near Real-Time Studies Look for Behavioral Measures Vital to Stopping Coronavirus
Smithsonian Magazine: How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19
FiveThirtyEight: How Bad Is The COVID-19 Misinformation Epidemic?
Globe and Mail: Social-media platforms’ misinformation seawalls aren’t high enough
CBC: The latest on the coronavirus outbreak for May 15
CBC: Mixed messages, frustration with lockdowns fuel some skepticism about pandemic
Science Magazine: Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips
CBC: No, someone wasn’t fined for sharing a car in Yellowknife during the pandemic
CBC: Sask. professor warns against crossing the line with social media shaming
The New York Times: Why Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish. And Why It Matters.
BBC: Why smart people believe coronavirus myths
CNNHere’s how to debunk coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories from friends and family
WiredThe Analogy Between Covid-19 and Climate Change Is Eerily Precise
New York MagazineHow Facebook Fact-checking Can Backfire
Wall Street JournalDetecting Fake News Takes Time
The GuardianHow to stop the spread of fake news? Pause for a moment
Scientific AmericanHow Disinformation Hacks Your Brain
New ScientistPeople share fake news online even when they can tell it’s not true
Scientific AmericanI Heard It Before, So It Must Be True


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CBC Cross-Country Checkup (Ian Hanomansing) / Data Skeptic 1 (Kyle Polich) / Data Skeptic 2 (Kyle Polich) / On Wisdom (Charles Cassidy & Igor Grossman)Opinion Science (Andy Luttrell) / The Dissenter (Ricardo Lopes) / The Super Awesome Science Show (Jason Tetro) / Talking Green (Michael Norton & Allison Schrager) / Teaching Tolerance (Katy Byron)You Are Not So Smart (David McRaney)


August 12/20: Why do people believe what they believe about climate change? (Scholars at Brown for Climate Action)
June 2/20: Fighting misinformation online in the age of COVID-19 (CASOS IDeaS Seminar Series – Carnegie Mellon University)
May 5/20: On the psychology of misperceptions about COVID-19 (Hot Politics Lab – University of Amsterdam)
Feb 19/20: Fake news, political ideology, and climate change (Academics for Climate – University of Regina)
Nov 22/19: Reasoning like good lawyers or bad philosophers? (A Multidisciplinary Look at Knowledge Resistance Workshop – University of Stockholm)

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