Megan Taylor

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Kids who spot bullshit, and the adults who get upset about it – Bad Science

“People wring their hands over how to make science relevant and accessible, but newspapers hand us one answer on a plate every week, with the barrage of claims on what’s good for you or bad for you: it’s evidence based medicine. If every school taught the basics – randomised trials, blinding, cohort studies, and why systematic reviews are better than cherrypicking your evidence – it would help everyone navigate the world, and learn some of the most important ideas in the whole of science.

But even before that happens, we can feel optimistic. Information is more easily accessible now than ever before, and smart motivated people can sidestep traditional routes to obtain knowledge, and disseminate it. A child can know more about evidence than their peers, and more than adults, and more than their own teachers; they can tell the world what they know, and they can have an impact.”

via Kids who spot bullshit, and the adults who get upset about it – Bad Science.

June 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Kids who spot bullshit, and the adults who get upset about it – Bad Science | Categories: Links | Permalink

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