Persistence of myths

  1. Apparently, this WP article says that trying to debunk a myth might actually end up reinforcing the myth via repetition.

    "Myth-busters, in other words, have the odds against them."

    I wonders, how do we debunk a myth without actually repeating the myth itself in the process?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. NateTG

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    By promulgating the truths that contradict the myth. I'm sure that there is room for science there, but people are going to have an easier time remembering a positive declarative statement than a complicated one. So dependent clauses and negations are bad (unless you're a politician).
     
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