We know now that when you attack someone’s core belief they will double down. You will not change a climate change denier by attacking or debunking their beliefs. What to do?
teachers do not prioritize getting students to reject their existing beliefs, but instead seek to foster new scientific knowledge in their students. They replace scientific misconceptions, rather than debunk them.
A bedrock principle of cognitive science is that we learn new ideas by reference to what we already know.
It is better to replace ideas than to debunk them.