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How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason Hardcover – August 17, 2021

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"Timely and founded in sound psychology, How to Talk to a Science Denier is vital reading for fraught times."
–ForeWord Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“This book is a necessary tool in an age that depends more and more on people trusting and believing in science in order to meet the simultaneous challenges posed by the long-term effects of epidemics, climate change and post-truth misinformation.”
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“Well-argued . . . provides ingenious insights throughout.”
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"How to Talk to a Science Denier by philosopher Lee McIntyre draws on his encounters with flat Earthers, anti-vaxxers, coronavirus truthers and others. McIntyre offers tools and techniques for communicating the truth and values of science."
–New Scientist

"Superb."
–E&T, Engineering & Technology


“I honestly believe it’s one of the most important books of the year . . . I could go on and on about this book all day, but I just need you to get this book ASAP and buy a copy for a friend as well. Lee helps you get inside the mind of science deniers, explains the political aspect of science denial, and so much more. Again, get this book, and thank me later.”
Chris Boutte, The Rewired Soul

"When attempting to bridge the gap, start with compassion.... McIntyre’s enterprise is hopeful, and his book is littered with productive conversations."
–The Washington Independent Review of Books

"An authoritative and entertaining account of science denial and how we might fight it, moving smoothly between theory and the author’s personal experiences of talking to science deniers." 
–Physics World







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“In this splendidly written, highly engaging book, Lee McIntyre unpacks the flawed reasoning behind science denialism and helps us understand why some people find it so compelling. Most importantly, he explores ways to help people connect with genuine scientific reasoning by listening respectfully, discussing science patiently, and fostering interpersonal trust. A must-read for anyone who needs or wants to talk with a science denier.”
Elizabeth Anderson, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
 
“In an era of widespread science denial, Lee McIntyre is the voice of epistemological sanity. In this wonderful book, he addresses a pressing question of our age. His answer is both astute and humane. As he emphasizes, we must learn how to talk to science deniers and, in doing so, remember our common humanity. This is an important book. Read it!”
—Quassim Cassam, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick
 
“Lee McIntyre is one of our strongest voices combating pseudoscience, superstition, fake news, and alternative facts that have become disturbingly prevalent in recent years. It has become evident that facts alone are not enough to convince science deniers to change their minds. What does work, then? McIntyre reviews the literature on what we know about the psychology of belief and what strategies work, and recounts his many colorful adventures talking to deniers. Destined to be a classic." 
Michael Shermer, Publisher, Skeptic magazine; Presidential Fellow, Chapman University; author of The Moral Arc, Heavens on Earth, and other books

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The MIT Press (August 17, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0262046105
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0262046107
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.18 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.3 x 1.06 x 9.2 inches
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Lee McIntyre is a philosopher from the Boston area who writes fiction and nonfiction aimed at the general public. Though trained as a scholar, his writing seeks to engage a wide audience in philosophical topics that are relevant to current events. He has also edited several anthologies for philosophy teachers and scholars.

His most recent book is The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience (MIT Press, 2019). He is also the author of Post-Truth (MIT Press, 2018), Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age (Routledge, 2015), Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (MIT Press, 2006), and Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences (Westview, 1996).

McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and has taught previously at Colgate, Tufts, Simmons, and Boston University. A black belt martial artist, he lives with two German Shepherds and the rest of his family just outside Boston.

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