Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Paranoid Style in American Science

Daniel Engber has a series of articles over at slate examining the manufacturing of doubt in the public's mind as a means of undermining science in order to push an agenda. This is something I've begun to notice myself and it does have some scary implications. Human normally have biases to note information that confirms our pre-existing notions and to disregard things that threaten those same notions. With the web, you can pretty much guarantee that there is a community out there that shares your particular quirky beliefs about the world, and there is a real threat of cocooning yourself within such a community to the detriment of your objectivity.

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