Tag Archive for misinformation

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

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The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Jenny learns people want a mate who understands statistics and gets vaccinated

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I think this was not her intended outcome, but it sure says volumes. Jenny McCarthy Learns Over Twitter That A Lot Of People Want A Mate Who Is Vaccinated. Jenny posted this tweet, no doubt expecting to get an array of responses regarding what people find attractive in a potential mate. What she received was…

Grant awarded to monitor anti-vax efforts sparks paranoia for vaccine questioner

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds a grant program called “Grand Challenges in Global Health”. The program seeks out and rewards “not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators to help expand the pipeline of ideas to fight diseases that claim millions of lives each year.” Grand…

Sticky misinformation stays with you until you actively peel it off

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Another gem from the researcher that brought us news about conspiracy beliefs. Misinformation: Why it sticks and how to fix it. Why does that kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores this phenomenon. The main reason that misinformation…

Anti-science agendas invade the schools; not just Creationism anymore

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Will your kid be taught that climate change is a hoax? One revelation from the recent Heartland Institute document leak is that the group is crafting a K-12 curriculum to teach kids that global warming is “controversial.” Heartland officials have confirmed this. So is climate change set to join evolution as the next big classroom…