Debunking the COVID Conspiracy Doctor with Critical Thinking
Now is the moment we’ve all been training for. As you know, here at The Rewired Soul, we discuss the importance of using critical thinking and practicing skepticism. On Monday, July 27th, a doctor by the name of Stella Immanuel passionately told the world that not only do we not need masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but hydroxychloroquine is the cure.
Today, we’re going to break down what Dr. Stella Immanuel said and use critical thinking so we can make intelligent decisions. For weeks, COVID numbers have been spiking, and as you saw in a previous video, people still aren’t taking it seriously. It’s of the utmost importance that we know how to critically think about everything being said because we’re literally in a life or death situation.
One of the primary reasons I’m writing this as well is because I’ve had multiple people reach out to me, and I also see people I know sharing this misinformation. You’ve probably noticed this too. In fact, do me a favor, and let me know down in the comments below if you’ve seen people in your life sharing COVID conspiracies on social media.
We’re going to pull out a variety of critical thinking skills, and if you find anything in this piece useful, please share it with others. And remember, as we discussed in a recent video on Andrew Wakefield, insulting those who believe in this misinformation isn’t a good strategy if we hope to change minds.
Countless studies have shown that the best way to get someone to change their mind is to let them come to their own conclusions. When we argue with people, it often makes them believe in the wrong information even more. By simply asking questions and presenting evidence, people will start applying critical thinking naturally.
This is actually one of the ways interventionist helps drug addicts and alcoholics get help. This is a therapeutic technique called Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing asks the person questions that helps them begin looking at the situation from different angles. So, in this first section, we’re going to look at some of the claims Dr. Stella Immanuel Made and ask questions to see if we can get closer to the truth.