Pandemic Denial on Thursday’s SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS with Carol Tavris

August 24, 2020

Carol Tavris: The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic

We see it every day: the life-and-death decisions Americans must make about the pandemic have become political rather than medical. Despite the evidence, many people still refuse to wear masks, practice social distancing, or even acknowledge that the virus exists.

This Thursday, August 27, at 7pm ET on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, renowned social scientist Carol Tavris will discuss the reluctance to admit mistakes or accept unwelcome facts—cognitive dissonance—and explain why some people would sooner jeopardize their health (and everyone else’s) than admit to being wrong.

Tavris is the author of books including AngerThe Mismeasure of Woman; and (with Avrum Bluming) Estrogen Matters. She has written for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesSkeptic, and the TLS.

Free registration is required to watch this live Zoom event, so sign up right now!

Next month on Skeptical Inquirer Presents September 10 at 7:00pm ETSeema Yasmin presents “Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them.”

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