Recently, Forbes published an article called “You Must Not ‘Do Your Own Research’ When it Comes to Science.” The author, and astrophysicist and science educator, asserts the same tired old lines that experts often do: the average person is dumb. They can’t understand the depth and breadth of all the knowledge in the field, in order to put new information into proper context, and ought to just let experts explain to them what the right decisions are.
This has been the party line for years from “science experts.” And, to some extent, they have a point. But then again, they don’t.
This is why, generally, they’re wrong.
Listen to Science Experts…Sometimes
The concern with “lay people” looking at scientific research has been that they do not have the education to understand it.
It’s true, that studies are not always easy to read. To get the full picture, you have to understand how studies are designed, statistical modeling, power, what conflicting…
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