On March 14, UW professors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West shared advice with members and guests on deciphering the signal from the noise. The duo wants to help us better recognize and refute phony science.
Borrowing from their new course, “Calling Bullshit,” they surveyed strategies that writers can use, such as how to sniff out manipulated data and misleading figures — from bogus correlations to deceptive axes.
- — Sally James (@jamesian)Wed, Mar 15 2017 17:44:37
- — Ellen Kuwana (@EllenKuwana)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:48:16Goal of @callin_BS course is to teach @UW students to be able to make decisions based on evidence. #nswaBS https://twitter.com/nswa/status/841857700233334784 …
- — Ellen Kuwana (@EllenKuwana)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:46:34
- — Ellen Kuwana (@EllenKuwana)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:37:50Great audience comment that publishing neg findings in already slow review process could overburden system, affect future funding. #nswaBS
- — Ashley Braun (@ashleybraun)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:36:45
- — NW Science Writers (@nswa)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:22:09Don't be tricked by papers published in predatory journals (but feel free to troll them) #nswaBS https://twitter.com/burkhard_mstern/status/770555389909864448 …
- — NW Science Writers (@nswa)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:10:51Journalists cover initial findings but don't update public if meta-analyses or follow-up studies contradict original research #nswaBS
- — Ashley Braun (@ashleybraun)Wed, Mar 15 2017 03:06:56Studies with negative results (e.g., X is not related to Y) are not often published, skewing scientific literature ~Carl Bergstrom @nswa