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Spotting Misinformation and Disinformation

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Pervasive pseudoscience thinking exists among the public regarding many socioscientific issues. Pseudoscience includes both misinformation (false information) or disinformation (deliberate dissemination of misleading or biased information) regarding both the content of science and how science works. Pseudoscience both reflects and promotes distrust in science, and exacerbates the personal and societal decision-making that places all of society at greater risk.

Explore 12 historical stories plus a special Covid-19 story that examine how pseudoscientific ideas undermine legitimate scientific developments and well-informed decision-making. Where to start? Reading the Mis/Disinformation Primer will assist in better understanding each of the Spotting Mis/Disinformation stories.

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Instructor Support
Guides and additional support material

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About this Project
Meet the Project Team

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Leaded Gasoline
Poison Everywhere

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Creationism
Mis/Disinformation and the Danger of Severing Reason and Faith

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Genetically Modified Organisms
(page coming soon)

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DDT
The Rise and Fall of a "Miracle" Chemical

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Lysenkoism
Permitting Ideology to Eclipse Reason

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Hydraulic Fracking
Accurately Representing Science-in-the-Making

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Global Warming Denialism
Manufacturing a Climate of Uncertainty

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