In the January issue of Scientific American, Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, wrote “When Facts Backfire,” (p. 69)(http://tinyurl.com/hmsy7ws). The article discusses the power of belief over evidence and methods to use when talking to someone taken in by false information. Shermer suggests these six approaches:
- Keep emotions tucked away.
- Discuss, don’t pounce.
- Try to restate what the other’s position.
- Show respect.
- Acknowledge that you understand why someone would think that.
- Assure the listener that changing facts does not necessarily changing their worldview.