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Critical thinking: Conspiracy theories, urban legends, and moral panics

If you’re teaching critical thinking and looking for timely and engaging material, why not try a conspiracy theory?

Covid 19

Cassata, Cathy & Cassel, Dana K. Doctors Debunk 9 Popular COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Conspiracy Theories. Healthline 6/22/2021

Melor, Chris. Just 12 anti-vaxxers responsible for spreading most COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories. StudyFinds.org 5/22/2021

Miller, Susan. Tweet analysis uncovers how COVID conspiracy theories evolved. GCN. 4/21/2021

Robinson, Philip. What’s the secret science of conspiracy theories? Chemistry World 4/26/2021

Brazil, Rachel. Why do people believe conspiracy theories? Chemistry World. 4/26/2021

Donovan, Joan. Covid hoaxes are using a loophole to stay alive—even after content is deleted. MIT Technology Review. 4/30/20

Parks, Myles. The Most Popular J&J Vaccine Story On Facebook? A Conspiracy Theorist Posted It. NPR 4/15/21

Klepper, David; Amiri, Farnoush; Dupuy, Beatrice.The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories. ABC News/Associated Press. 2/15/21

Li , David K. & Samira Puskar. Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to destroy Covid vaccine is 'conspiracy theorist,' authorities say. NBC News.1/4/21

Video: The Guardian.Why the 5G coronavirus conspiracy is false. 5/1/20

The Conversation. Five experts investigate how the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory began. 6/11/20.

Fisher, M. Why Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish. And Why It Matters. The New York Times. 4/8/20

Alba, Davey; Decker, Ben. Trump spread multiple conspiracy theories on Monday. Here are their roots. New York Times, 9/1/20

Edmond, Charlotte. Conspiracy theories have flourished during the pandemic – here’s how to stop them in their tracks. World Economic Forum, 9/2/20

On the Media podcast: The COVID Conspiracy Boom on Facebook. 8/19/2020

Rettner, Raechel. "COVID-19 has fueled more than 2,000 rumors and conspiracy theories". LiveScience. 8/10/2020

Video::Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). 7/19/20

Video: How 'Plandemic' and Other Conspiracy Theories Spread. CBC interview with Timothy Caulfield about COVID 19 misinformation.May 11, 2020.

Cohen, Seth. Is Fauci A “Deep State” Doctor? The Conspiracy Theory That Is Sickening America. Forbes. 7/14/2020.

Mitchell, A. , Jurkowitz, M., Oliphant, J. Baker, Shearer, Elisa.Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News. Pew Research Center. 6/29/2020.

Ridgwell, Henry. Reliance on Social Media News Amplifies COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories, Report Finds. Voice of America, 7/1/2020.

Latest conspiracy theories repeat old stories. From DW (Deutsche Welle)

CBC video: How "Plandemic" and other conspiracy theories spread

Douglas, K. Psychological Science and COVID-19: Conspiracy Theories. Association for Psychological Science.May 29, 2020.

Ball, P & Maxmen, A. The epic battle against coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories. Nature. May 27, 2020.

PEN America's Guide COVID-19 and Disinformation

Reader, Ruth. Why Bill Gates is the focus of the latest coronavirus conspiracy theories.  April 14, 2020. Fast Company.

Coronavirus: How do I recognize a conspiracy thoery? DW (Deutsche Welle)

It's all connected

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