Thursday, 12 May 2016

Why you shouldn't believe all the 'science' you hear about in the media

Jodi Beggs (at Economists Do It With Models) points to this John Oliver segment on scientific studies, which is well worth watching:


Oliver makes some great points. If you want to know the real science, it pays to read the study rather than the media article, or even the media release from the researchers or their institution.

If you want more on this topic, I encourage you to read Thomas Lumley at StatsChat, who is constantly making similar points about media coverage of scientific studies.

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