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.