When faced with a piece of junk, do you try to fix it or just move on? Well, it depends on the junk, doesn’t it?CC0 Creative Commons

Junk science is everywhere, and it takes many pernicious forms. There are the outright scams, of course, advertised by charlatans aiming to make a quick and easy buck. There are the malicious actors, trying to spread falsehoods and misinformation to score political or economic points instead of promoting honest scientific debate. And there are the lazy and flawed scientists themselves, trumpeting poorly-done, low-quality, and even outright sketchy work in a bid to get some media and public attention on themselves.

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All of these manifestations have a common theme: they take the name of science and apply it to something that definitely does not adhere to any reasonable definition of the word or bear even the slightest resemblance to the proper practice of the discipline.

So, what to do about it? It obviously needs to be addressed and confronted, lest the problem grow out of control (if it isn’t already out of control) and regain some semblance of legitimate scientific identity in the hearts and minds of the general public.

It’s here, in the how rather than the why of combatting junk science, that two schools of thought emerge:

Method 1: Debunk, Full Blast 

There is bad, junky science, promoted by bad, junky people. They must be defeated. We must take their claims at face value and tear into them, exposing them for the frauds and deceits that they are. Who else is going to do it? Who else knows the scientific method or the facts or the data as well as scientists themselves?

The goal of such a debate wouldn’t be to change the mind of our opponent – they likely aren’t interested in having their mind changed anyway. But people can watch and listen to that debate. Maybe some of those people have an opinion on the subject, but not a strong one, and can be swayed with logic and reason. Most people probably haven’t even thought about the issue at all, and this would be a golden opportunity to plant the right kind of seed at exactly the right time.

Failing the opportunity for a debate, we can at least provide resources. Videos, articles, podcasts, the works. Bring up dubious claims and bear the full weight of the evidence against them. Highlight examples of bad science so that people know what to look for in the future.

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Method 2: Avoid, At All Costs

But even the mention of junk science gives their proponents credibility. After all, scientists debate each other all the time in open forums. Thus if a scientist is debating someone else, they must hold them as a peer, even a colleague. By giving them the air of legitimacy, we aren’t helping ourselves, but them. Even if the debate is “lost” (whatever that means), they can then turn around to their followers and rightly claim that they went toe-to-toe with other scientists.

Secondly, is it a battle that we could ever hope to win? Junk scientists aren’t playing by the same rules. If we come in blazing with the actual tools of the scientific trade – evidence, reason, and so on – would they even notice or care? If they have better rhetoric, or are better able to tap into the hearts of the audience, how could we possibly stand a chance?

And what would be the point of providing resources if they’re never read or used by the people that need it most? Sure, fans of science would easily find the right article or video…but they’re already convinced, aren’t they?

Instead, it’s best to avoid open confrontation. Instead, explain what science is and how science works, and let it be. Have confidence that the right information will get to the right people and let natural forces do their work. It’s best not to…sully our hands, so to speak.

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Method 3: All of the Above

Both approaches have merit. Both schools of thought make very valid points. Both techniques are right in their own ways and wrong in their own ways. In the end, we need to give people tools to decide between junk and valid science on their own. And since “people” is really a collection of billions of individuals, we can’t make universal assumptions and apply universal techniques and hope it all works out in the end.

The struggle against junk science is much more personal than that; it can only be won through a single human being at a time.

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(******** )When confronted with a piece of scrap, do you attempt to repair it or simply carry on? Well, it depends upon the scrap, does not it? CC0 Creative Commons

Scrap science is all over, and it takes numerous pernicious kinds. There are the straight-out rip-offs, naturally, promoted by charlatans intending to make a fast and simple dollar. There are the destructive stars, attempting to spread out fallacies and false information to score political or financial points rather of promoting sincere clinical argument. And there are the lazy and problematic researchers themselves, trumpeting poorly-done, low-grade, and even straight-out questionable operate in a quote to get some media and spotlight on themselves.

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All of these symptoms have a typical style: they take the name of science and use it to something that absolutely does not comply with any sensible meaning of the word or bear even the smallest similarity to the correct practice of the discipline.

So, what to do about it? It certainly requires to be resolved and challenged, lest the issue outgrow control (if it isn’t currently out of control) and gain back some form of genuine clinical identity in the hearts and minds of the public.

It’s here, in the how instead of the why of fighting scrap science, that 2 schools of idea
emerge:

Approach 1: Unmask, Complete Blast

There is bad, shoddy science, promoted by bad, shoddy individuals. They need to be beat. We need to take their claims at stated value and tear into them, exposing them for the scams and deceits that they are. Who else is going to do it? Who else understands the clinical approach or the realities or the information in addition to researchers themselves?

The objective of such a dispute would not be to alter the mind of our challenger -they likely aren’t thinking about having their mind altered anyhow. However individuals can enjoy and listen to that argument. Possibly a few of those individuals have a viewpoint on the topic, however not a strong one, and can be swayed with reasoning and factor. The majority of people most likely have not even thought of the problem at all, and this would be a golden chance to plant the best sort of seed at precisely the correct time.

Stopping working the chance for a dispute, we can a minimum of supply resources. Videos, posts, podcasts, the works. Raise suspicious claims and bear the complete weight of the proof versus them. Highlight examples of bad science so that individuals understand what to search for in the future.

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Approach 2: Prevent, At All Expenses

However even the reference of scrap science provides their advocates trustworthiness. After all, researchers dispute each other all the time in open online forums. Therefore if a researcher is discussing another person, they need to hold them as a peer, even an associate. By providing the air of authenticity, we aren’t assisting ourselves, however them. Even if the argument is “lost” (whatever that implies), they can then reverse to their fans and appropriately declare that they went toe-to-toe with other researchers

Second Of All, is it a fight that we could ever intend to win? Scrap researchers aren’t playing by the exact same guidelines. If we are available in blazing with the real tools of the clinical trade – proof, factor, and so on – would they even discover or care? If they have much better rhetoric, or are much better able to use the hearts of the audience, how could we perhaps stand an opportunity?

And what would be the point of offering resources if they’re never ever checked out or utilized by the individuals that require it most? Sure, fans of science would quickly discover the best short article or video … however they’re currently encouraged, aren’t they?

Rather, it’s finest to prevent open fight. Rather, describe what science is and how science works, and let it be. Have self-confidence that the best info will get to the best individuals and let natural forces do their work. It’s finest not to … sully our hands, so to speak.

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Approach 3: All of the Above

Both techniques have benefit. Both schools of idea make extremely legitimate points. Both methods are best in their own methods and incorrect in their own methods. In the end, we require to offer individuals tools to choose in between scrap and legitimate science by themselves. And considering that “individuals” is actually a collection of billions of people, we can’t make universal presumptions and use universal methods and hope everything exercises in the end.

The resist scrap science is a lot more individual than that; it can just be won through a single human being at a time.

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When confronted with a piece of scrap, do you attempt to repair it or simply carry on? Well, it depends upon the scrap, does not it? CC0 Creative Commons

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Scrap science is all over, and it takes numerous pernicious kinds. There are the straight-out rip-offs, naturally, promoted by charlatans intending to make a fast and simple dollar. There are the destructive stars, attempting to spread out fallacies and false information to score political or financial points rather of promoting sincere clinical argument. And there are the lazy and problematic researchers themselves, trumpeting poorly-done, low-grade, and even straight-out questionable operate in a quote to get some media and spotlight on themselves.

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All of these symptoms have a typical style: they take the name of science and use it to something that absolutely does not comply with any sensible meaning of the word or bear even the smallest similarity to the correct practice of the discipline.

So, what to do about it? It certainly requires to be resolved and challenged, lest the issue outgrow control (if it isn’t currently out of control) and gain back some form of genuine clinical identity in the hearts and minds of the public.

It’s here, in the how instead of the why of fighting scrap science, that 2 schools of idea emerge:

Approach 1: Unmask, Complete Blast

There is bad, shoddy science, promoted by bad, shoddy individuals. They need to be beat. We need to take their claims at stated value and tear into them, exposing them for the scams and deceits that they are. Who else is going to do it? Who else understands the clinical approach or the realities or the information in addition to researchers themselves?

The objective of such a dispute would not be to alter the mind of our challenger – they likely aren’t thinking about having their mind altered anyhow. However individuals can enjoy and listen to that argument. Possibly a few of those individuals have a viewpoint on the topic, however not a strong one, and can be swayed with reasoning and factor. The majority of people most likely have not even thought of the problem at all, and this would be a golden chance to plant the best sort of seed at precisely the correct time.

Stopping working the chance for a dispute, we can a minimum of supply resources. Videos, posts, podcasts, the works. Raise suspicious claims and bear the complete weight of the proof versus them. Highlight examples of bad science so that individuals understand what to search for in the future.

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Approach 2: Prevent, At All Expenses

However even the reference of scrap science provides their advocates trustworthiness. After all, researchers dispute each other all the time in open online forums. Therefore if a researcher is discussing another person, they need to hold them as a peer, even an associate. By providing the air of authenticity, we aren’t assisting ourselves, however them. Even if the argument is “lost” (whatever that implies), they can then reverse to their fans and appropriately declare that they went toe-to-toe with other researchers

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Second Of All, is it a fight that we could ever intend to win? Scrap researchers aren’t playing by the exact same guidelines. If we are available in blazing with the real tools of the clinical trade – proof, factor, and so on – would they even discover or care? If they have much better rhetoric, or are much better able to use the hearts of the audience, how could we perhaps stand an opportunity?

And what would be the point of offering resources if they’re never ever checked out or utilized by the individuals that require it most? Sure, fans of science would quickly discover the best short article or video … however they’re currently encouraged, aren’t they?

Rather, it’s finest to prevent open fight. Rather, describe what science is and how science works, and let it be. Have self-confidence that the best info will get to the best individuals and let natural forces do their work. It’s finest not to … sully our hands, so to speak.

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Approach 3: All of the Above

Both techniques have benefit. Both schools of idea make extremely legitimate points. Both methods are best in their own methods and incorrect in their own methods. In the end, we require to offer individuals tools to choose in between scrap and legitimate science by themselves. And considering that “individuals” is actually a collection of billions of people, we can’t make universal presumptions and use universal methods and hope everything exercises in the end.

The resist scrap science is a lot more individual than that; it can just be won through a single human being at a time.

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