How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Denialism is the avoidance of uncomfortable truth, plus the attempt to spread beliefs such that others do not accept the truth.
Denialism can be found when a person:
It can take many forms, including:
Common areas that are subject to denialism include climate change, war crimes, AIDS, evolution, food science.
A country's ruling body realizes that addressing climate change will be expensive and could impact the economy and business. Politicians hence use a propaganda campaign and remove funding from climate change research.
Denialism is common in politics where to accept the truth would mean accepting that the political ideology is wrong or where this acceptance would lead to actions that are politically inconvenient. The same is true in cultures and religions.
Denialism is different from a simple denial in its systemic and almost religious approach, typically seeking to eradicate significant historical events or scientific findings. In this, it often aims to change the beliefs and actions of an entire society.
When you have a truth that is being denied, seek to present evidence in forms and in situations where those you would persuade cannot deny it.
When you are faced with denialism about a big and important topic, get organized and expect a long and difficult battle.