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Supermyths are myths about myths


Supermyths have very specific components:

1. The creation of a fallacy, myth or error by an orthodox expert.


2. Being used by another expert who in turn promotes it as being ‘true, and whilst still thinking that it is true either promotes it as a good example of the need to be healthily skeptical of bad scholarship, or else:


3. compounds the myth by using it as a premise upon which to build one or more supporting myths.

Influence of the spinach mythbust on popular science writers: Here

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