Why does blatant misinformation persist?

Why does blatant misinformation persist in the face of so much evidence to the contrary? One big reason is money. Another is people's biases and desires. Combine those two, and the result is almost inevitable: it's often highly profitable to tell people things they want to hear ... no matter how untrue those things might … Continue reading Why does blatant misinformation persist?

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This is how you unmask online hoaxers

A PandoDaily article by Jeremy Massler and Adam L. Penenberg provides a brilliant illustration of how online investigative journalism should work. In their March 26, 2014, article, "Busted! How we unmasked the man behind the Internet's cruelest celebrity death hoaxes," Massler and Penenberg describe how persistence and paintstaking research enabled them to identify the man … Continue reading This is how you unmask online hoaxers

Look! A squirrel!

Here's a piece of advice if you're looking to improve your information-retention and critical-thinking skills: stop multitasking. A growing body of research is backing up what Nicholas Carr famously (or infamously) suggested in a 2008 Atlantic article ... that Google is making us stupid. Well, not so much Google itself, but the web's wonderful, infuriating, … Continue reading Look! A squirrel!

‘Recursive Fury’ sets off new furies and shocking retraction

As I've noted in my book, "Prove It! Fact-Finding Secrets of a Fanatical Online Researcher," climate change is a "controversial" subject not so much because of the science that supports it -- which is solid -- but because of its implications for society and the responses that will most likely be necessary. Scientists who research … Continue reading ‘Recursive Fury’ sets off new furies and shocking retraction