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Spotting Junk Science
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Last edited: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009

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It seems that new scientific articles with contradictory messages are being published every day. This will give you some of the tools necessary to sort it all out.

No one can argue that we are living in the information age. But with all of this information we are buried in daily, how can we tell what is worth a look and what is, well, junk? Often we are faced with contradictory sources of information on one subject, each claiming science as its basis.

Just because information is presented in a news source by someone with a "Dr." in front of his or her name, doesn't mean it is accurate. Bad science exists, and it can be spotted.

You don't have to be a statistician to sort out the good science from the junk science. All it takes is a little knowledge of some basic statistical concepts. This will make you a more selective consumer of information.

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Reviewed by Nathaniel Durham 9/13/2009
They are contradictory, but what they don't want you to do is put them in order to make a big picture out of the smaller ones. The contradictory messages may be one big message when it adds up and they are ALL meant to mislead in some way or another. The universal inflationary models that contradict each other somehow have a place...the difference it that when they subtract each other, they form a zero. When they Multiply, they negate like a cosine variable...As an amateur theortical physicist, I see this. The truth always has its arguements! Excuse the pun!
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