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"We would rather hide our heads in the sand than listen to evidence questioning our beliefs, even if the facts are solid" For BBC future series. Photo: Eddie Gerald / Getty By David Robson 24 March 2016 If you ever need proof of human gullibility, cast your mind back to the attack of the flesh-eating bananas. In January 2000, a series of chain emails began reporting that imported bananas were infecting people with “necrotizing fasciitis” – a rare disease in which the skin erupts into livid purple boils before disintegrating and peeling away from muscle and bone. According to the email chain, the FDA was trying to cover up the epidemic to avoid panic. Faced with the threat, readers were encou

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