October 1, 2011

How to Evaluate Scientific Claims

Janet Stemwedel, Scientific American


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Recently, we've notice that a public composed mostly of non-scientists may find itself asked to trust scientists, in large part because members of that public are not usually in a position to make all their own scientific knowledge. This is not a problem unique to non-scientists, though - once scientists reach the end of the tether of their expertise, they end up having to approach the knowledge claims of other scientists in other fields with some mixture of trust and skepticism.

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