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Evaluating Scientific Claims

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 09:26:30 -0400
Archived: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 09:26:30 -0400
Subject: Evaluating Scientific Claims

Source: Scientific American.com


September 30, 2011

Evaluating Scientific Claims
(or, do we have to take the scientistís word for it?)
By Janet D. Stemwedel

Recently, we've noted 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 scientists in other
fields with some mixture of trust and skepticism. (It's
reasonable to ask what the right mixture of trust and skepticism
would be in particular circumstances, but there's not a handy
formula with which to calculate this.)

Are we in a position where, outside our own narrow area of
expertise, we either have to commit to agnosticism or take
someone else's word for things? If we're not able to directly
evaluate the data, does that mean we have no good way to
evaluate the credibility of the scientist pointing to the data
to make a claim?

This raises an interesting question for science journalism, not
so much about what role it should play as what role it could

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[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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