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Pseudoscience has been enjoying a major resurgence as of late, thanks in large part to the leadership of our conspiracy theorist in chief, President Donald Trump. Public trust in scientific research ― not to mention in the concept of evidence itself ― has been steadily eroding as “fake news,” “alternative facts” and conspiracy theories are on the rise. To some extent, this is understandable. As we’re inundated with more and more information, it’s increasingly difficult even for intelligent and thoughtful people to differentiate what’s real from what’s uncertain or flat-out false. So, how can we protect ourselves from becoming victims of pseudoscience? Critical thinking is an important first step. The stronger a person’s critical-thinking skills, the less likely they are to fall victim to non-evidence-based ways of thinking.
It’s difficult to overestimate just how important these skills are in today’s world. Pseudoscientific beliefs can have devastating effects. Thanks to the growth of the anti-vaccine movement, outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles are on the rise. Meanwhile, conservative politicians continue to dismiss climate science and enact policies that will have dire consequences for the environment, and ultimately, for communities across the globe.
The success of the course also underscores the enduring significance of a humanities education, as publicly funded arts and education programs come under assault by the Trump administration and by many Republican-led states.
“The students learned to utilize the humanities to better understand the human experience, ask questions about the world and information around them, and to understand how misinformation can dehumanize, influence inequalities, and in extreme cases harm others,” McGill said. “Humanities helps to answer the ‘So what? Who cares?’ questions about misinformation.”
originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: rickymouse
I agree. All "good" and "objective" science is subjectively determined. In other words, People's opinion play's a huge role on what we consider to be misinformation.
Critical thinking is just half of it. When you have data points and information connecting dots to a conclusion sometimes the dots ARE really connected!
originally posted by: Cygnis
Now, two points on that: 1. If government was transparent, and not so closed doors and deviceive, it would go a long way in not creating the doubt.
originally posted by: Cygnis
So we are to roll over and take the "truth" being pushed at us?
originally posted by: Brian4real
Whats wrong with questioning the official narrative?.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: Cygnis
The same thing goes with citing climate science (which, btw, is NOT settled science by any stretch of the often overused imagination of many), which has so many holes and inaccuracies in the AGW (and other) model(s) that it's impossible to keep track anymore.
And this is an article advocating critical thinking? Holy hell...