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How do you separate science fact from hype?

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Many people lack the ability to distinguish all facts from fiction.

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Checking out the source is the best way I know of.
If it's a website, check out the other stories. See if there's a trend in advancing an agenda of some kind.
If it's research, check to see who funded the research and if it was independently peer reviewed.
If it's a blogger or a broadcaster, dig deeper into what they say. Look at past reports to see if they follow a biased trend. If the reports are predominantly all pro this or that, it's not a reliable source.
If the reporters have been caught in lies, or pushing conspiracy theories that have proven to be false, they're not a reliable source. If a reporter makes a mistake, and owns up to it, that's different. Unless it happens a lot.
We also have to be cautious of getting caught up in "Echo chambers". Echo chambers are groups of like minded people. If that's all you hear, that's what you'll believe. That's how cults operate.
In short, it's a lot of work separating fact from fiction. Especially in today's world of social media.
The "Friends" aspect of social media creates echo chambers.

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Kravenhead
258 day(s) ago
On many things, you can check the official records yourself. Like climate change for example.

philosopher
259 day(s) ago
I was taught how to document facts in school. I had to prove what I wrote in essays and papers. Science classes and history trained my mind.
Too many people have no clue how to evaluate fact from fiction.
The main stream media documents nothing. I believe nothing without documented proof.

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