How to read the news like a scientist |
In our daily reading, we encounter all kinds of claims.
Depending on the news story and the week, Chinese imports, coffee, large-cap stocks, snacking, and eggs should be embraced - or they should be avoided altogether.
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Try thinking like a scientist, says Emma Frans, who's an epidemiology and psychiatry researcher at Oxford University in the UK and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Which is why it's useful to know how to evaluate news the way a scientist does.
Maybe you've read about a jobs policy proposed by the candidate you favor, and you think it sounds good.
You don't have to agree with them, or tolerate misinformation from them - but it's healthy and balanced to have some variety in your information diet.