My question is similar to this except the person is usually not passionate about it.
I have friends who post things about vaccines causing autism, how bell peppers have different genders and other pseudoscience stuff.
I respect and love my friends so I don’t want to put them on the attack, so the pepper thing I can let go of. However, recently, three sisters who are my friends saw and shared links about vaccines containing some chemical (I don’t remember) and then they chose, based on this information, not to get the flu vaccine this year. Their father, who is housebound nearly died of pneumonia from the flu (very lucky!)
I don’t want to be a jerk and say, “you’re wrong”, but I don’t enjoy seeing really poor “science” being shared. These people aren’t passionate about these things but are rather just not learning about the vaccine debate. It’s easy to get sucked into these, I know.
How can I educate my friends and perhaps get them to do their own research on claims without sounding arrogant or hurting their feelings? I would love it if they walked away feeling positive about the interaction.