KC Cole, science writer, author, radio commentator, and professor (@kccole314 )
Science is the art of learning how NOT to fool ourselves, and can teach us a few tricks that come in especially handy for journalists. Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it can’t make a difference.
The Top Five
- Perception: As a reporter, what you get back depends on what you throw out there.
- A lot of things that don’t make sense are still true.
- Measures: Numbers can be used to say anything. So be careful how things are framed.
- Confirmation bias is default. Everybody has to work against it.
- Why it’s really important to have affirmative action: You really need to have role models and inclusion.
How do you know it’s true? Find as many lines of evidence, if they all point to the same place – it’s preponderance of evidence.