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John Cook has spent the past decade studying the psychology of climate denialists and the past few months trying to understand their ideological cousins: people who scoff at the coronavirus.
Mr. Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and founder of the Skeptical Science, a website that debunks common arguments by climate change deniers, said the parallels between the two groups are striking. In both cases, he said, being confronted with technical facts appears to have little effect.