Your Fake News problem is not just “them” it’s you.

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On 9th August Time magazine published a really great article titled “How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News“. I can highly recommend reading. It dives below the surface into the heart of the problem and is not simply another article having a bit of a moan about it all. I have one huge … Read moreYour Fake News problem is not just “them” it’s you.

Are Scientists really hunting for the Loch Ness Monster?

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There is a story that has been picked up by the media regarding a group of scientists who have embarked upon a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. For example we have this Reuters story … Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month LONDON (Reuters) – A global team of scientists plans … Read moreAre Scientists really hunting for the Loch Ness Monster?

Fact checking the fact checkers

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There are various well-established and well-known fact checkers that many rely upon, for example PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, or the Washington Post’s Fact Checker. However, one has to wonder if anybody independently fact-checks the fact checkers. I was curious about this and so looked into it to see if anybody had seriously researched it. To be honest, I would … Read moreFact checking the fact checkers

Claim: Pastor trying to walk on water at the Crocodile River gets eaten by 3 crocodiles

And this week’s Darwin award for doing something so catastrophically stupid that you end up dying before you can breed and thus enrich the gene pool is … Zimbabwe Pastor trying to walk on water at the Crocodile River gets eaten by 3 crocodiles  A pastor from a local church in White River Mpumalanga died this … Read moreClaim: Pastor trying to walk on water at the Crocodile River gets eaten by 3 crocodiles

Did Trump really obliterate the Johnson Amendment?

Trump had promised to reward the religious right with special privileges for voting for him. For example back in February we have USA Today reporting that Trump had assured them that he would … “totally destroy” the law that prohibits churches from engaging in political activity, a move that would upend 63 years of settled tax law. In … Read moreDid Trump really obliterate the Johnson Amendment?

Can you vaccinate against “Alternative Facts”?

There is a new study that takes a rather serious look into the idea that you can psychologically inoculate people. Well yes, with my tongue firmly placed in my cheek I believe the term we use to describe that is the word “Education”. OK, so putting the teasing to one side, it is actually both … Read moreCan you vaccinate against “Alternative Facts”?