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Some so-called superforecasters are claimed to have predicted the course of the pandemic better than scientific experts.
Research shows men’s voices are heard in media reports far more frequently than women’s. Here are some ways journalists and sources can improve this.
The coronavirus pandemic has increased the prominence of women’s voices in the media. Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau and Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam take part in a videoconference on July 31, 2020.
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More women are making appearances in the news media, and this is due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is not all good news: women are interviewed about the effects of the pandemic on their lives.
When science and anecdote share a podium, you must decide how to value each.
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How much weight would you put on a scientist’s expertise versus the opinion of a random stranger? People on either end of the political spectrum decide differently what seems true.
Trump with two of his top health advisers in May.
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The Trump administration has revised CDC health guidelines and undermined its own experts, making it harder for science to prevail over politics in US’s coronavirus strategy.
The prime minister’s adviser claims to have warned about coronavirus pandemics last year. The internet nerds say otherwise.
Behind the scenes, authors have put in long days in research labs, hospitals or teaching online from home, often while juggling kids – before writing into the night for The Conversation.
The coronavirus crisis has given experts and specialists worldwide a lot of power. As countries like New Zealand begin to recover, we need to question that power more than ever.
Technical expertise comes first: the first vessels through the Suez Canal in 1869.
The science of politics became popular across Europe, alongside the rise of capitalism and empire in the 19th century.
Examining chicken intestines, reading the tea leaves, watching the markets – people turn to experts for insight into the mysteries that surround them.
Hidden forces are always at work in the world, and people always want to control them, a cognitive anthropologist explains. Enter the human universal of shamanism.
The shocking lack of gender balance is not just bad for women. It’s doing the public a major disservice.
A public meeting of flat earthers is a product and sign of our times.
Crikey reminds Australia’s media it can be a little narrow minded.
Journalists are often under deadline pressure, which is why, says Crikey’s Emily Watkins, they return again and again to the same experts. Those who give good quotes are often also pretty good at making…
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Promising scientific consensus is a perilous principle on which to found meaningful engagement between experts and the public.
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Everything we know about the way experts’ brains work tells us that Mayweather is likely to win the fight.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.
Tom Nichols’ book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
One of these is a human, the other not. Can you tell the difference?
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
Universities can take a stand.
Despite the claims of populist politicians, academics and experts can drive positive social change.
EU agencies play an important role in food regulation.
A network of EU experts helps monitor food safety, banking conduct and medicines. And no-one seems to have a plan for replacing them.
In conversation: Martin Rees.
The Astronomer Royal answers some of the world’s – and the universe’s – biggest questions.