Evolution education: is our aim knowledge, understanding, or belief?

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week ten is below. …

Synthetic Biology: Predicting Public Opinion

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week nine is below. …

‘There is No Market for Fact-Checking’: Trooclick Exits the Verification Scene

One of the first companies to try and automate fact-checking now says “there is no market for fact-checking” — at least, not as you and I know it. Paris-based Trooclick launched its plug-in last June, promising to check the facts in IPO stories against Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and against other articles. The original business plan …

Health, ingenuity and ‘the American way of life’: how should we talk about climate?

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week seven is below. …

Can the climate change consensus really sway public opinion?

Note: I have joined the “virtual class” component of Dan Kahan‘s Science of Science Communication course at Yale University. As part of this I am endeavoring to write a response paper in reaction to each week’s set of readings. I will post these responses here on my blog – my paper for week six is below. …

Fish wrappers and encyclopedias: how can we fix newspapers’ update problem?

There is so much to love in Craig Silverman and the Tow Center’s new report, “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content” — from the very first sentence. “News organizations are meant to play a critical role in the dissemination of quality, accurate information in society.” Indeed! I feel a bit like that dorky kid who plays Dungeons …