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Why people are so easily fooled by conspiracy theories they read online

14 Mar 2020

Many Americans have holes in their understanding of basic science—making them particularly susceptible to misinformation.

Science gets a lot of respect these days. Unfortunately, it’s also getting a lot of competition from misinformation. Seven in 10 Americans think the benefits from science outweigh the harms, and nine in 10 think science and technology will create more opportunities for future generations. Scientists have made dramatic progress in understanding the universe and the mechanisms of biology, and advances in computation benefit all fields of science.


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