I recently organized a roundtable discussion with a rumor expert, a cognitive deception researcher and skeptical investigators about their never-ending work to expose the truth at Hopes&Fears:
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BENJAMIN RADFORD: Deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, a Research Fellow with the non-profit Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, has written over a thousand articles on urban legends, the paranormal and media literacy.
PETER A. HANCOCK, D.SC., PH.D.: Author of Hoax Springs Eternal: The Psychology of Cognitive Deception, a book that defines and explains cognitive deception and explores its prominent potential historical instances.
GARY FINE , PH.D.: American sociologist and author, cowrote the book Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America, areas of research involve the contemporary legend, particularly political and economic rumor.