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.
The leading voice of the UK centrist left has announced that it shall be cutting its Saturday supplements in a bid to cut costs.
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Yes, it is important to censure harmful and offensive speech. But there are ethical costs to widening the scope of our moral outrage to viewpoints that merely differ from our own.
Readers don’t always know how to distinguish fact from opinion.
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It is a tenet of American journalism that reporters working for the news sections of newspapers remain entirely independent of the opinion sections. But that wall may be invisible to readers.
Humans have always sought knowledge, all the way back to Eve.
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Free inquiry has always been a fraught business, from Eden to Facebook, but is a key component of any open society. It shouldn't be taken for granted.
Psychology research suggests a new tool for your ‘disagreement toolbox.’
Research suggests people intuitively draw a distinction between what is known and what is believed. Recognizing the difference can help in ideological disagreements.
President Donald Trump, August 30, 2018.
Revelations about the president's behavior in a new book and an unsigned op-ed, writes a Yale psychiatrist, support what she and mental health specialists have warned: Trump is dangerously unstable.
Why experts don't always win the argument.
On 10 July 2017 ABC News recorded a significant increase in the number of tweets sharing its articles.
ABC News' investment in long-form journalism is generating strong take-up on Twitter.
The message over the doorway to London’s Kirkaldy Testing Museum. But don’t be too quick to believe the facts and dismiss the opinions.
When it comes to facts versus opinions, just remember that not all facts have been true, and not all opinions should be dismissed either.
Trump supporters celebrating.
The more we have to defend our choice to others, the more certain we become that we are right. So what can we do about it?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fields questions from reporters in Dover, New Hampshire.
A partisan media landscape has made it almost impossible for journalists to avoid charges of bias when calling out a candidate's dishonesty.
You can’t rely on common sense.
How often have you been urged to use common sense during an argument or a debate? The problem is, common sense is an unreliable indicator of truth.
Politicians don’t want us thinking too hard about what they say and do.
What you make of the federal budget will be based on quick judgement rather than any careful analysis. And that's just the way politicians like it.
I think, but am I wrong?
We like to think that we reach conclusions by reviewing facts, weighing evidence and analysing arguments. But this is not how humans usually operate, particularly when decisions are important or need to…
Cameron bonding with Barroso would make scientists happy.
At a time of much business debate around whether the UK should remain in the European Union (EU), there is one critical area being overlooked regarding the relationship – science. With a growing appreciation…
The ABC’s popular Q And A show revolves around opinion. But not all opinions are of equal value.
Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning. Secondly…