Several articles describe a study on duping kids with a spoof site, but it looks like those articles got their information wrong, too!
■Class discussion: Here's an interesting quote from the video:
"...people will maintain a belief once it is formed (a phenomenon called belief perseverance) even in the face of later disconfirming evidence. In fact, when people are told that the scientific evidence contradicts their beliefs they simply distrust the science..."
How does that apply to science warning about the potential impact of global warming? Does it explain why folks who don't believe the science never will. And, for that matter, does it explain why those who do believe will never be convinced otherwise?