I am a scientist using critical thinking & cartoons to fight misinformation. Ask me anything!
UPDATE: well, it's been a vigorous four hours of typing answers but I'm going to call it a day. Thanks to everyone for participating and providing really interesting questions, and sorry I didn't get to all them.
I am a researcher with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, founder of Skeptical Science, and creator of Cranky Uncle. For the last decade, I've researched how to counter misinformation about climate change. I now combine critical thinking, climate science, cartoons, and comedy to build resilience against misinformation.
All this research is on display in a new book I've just published: Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change. I'm also developing a "Cranky Uncle" smartphone game that uses gamification and cartoons to teach players resilience against misinformation. More book and game details at https://crankyuncle.com
I've published many research papers on these topics which you can access at . This includes research finding 97% scientific consensus on human-caused global warming (a study that has inspired many comments over the years and I’m sure will spark a few questions here). During my PhD, I published research finding that inoculation is a powerful tool to neutralize misinformation: we can stop science denial from spreading by exposing people to a weakened form of science denial. I’ve published research that uses critical thinking to deconstruct and analyze misinformation in order to identify reasoning fallacies. I also led a collaboration between the University of Queensland and Skeptical Science that developed the Massive Open Online Course: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.
Ask me anything about my research, my MOOC, Skeptical Science, the Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change book, or the Cranky Uncle smartphone game.