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The problem with facts

The problem with facts | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Tim Harford on how today’s politicians deal with inconvenient truths
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Facts rarely stand up for themselves — they need someone to make us care about them, to make us curious. That’s what Rosling did. And faced with the apocalyptic possibility of a world where the facts don’t matter, that is the example we must follow.
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Truth decay: The half-life of facts - science-in-society - 25 September 2012 - New Scientist

Truth decay: The half-life of facts - science-in-society - 25 September 2012 - New Scientist | cognitive event | Scoop.it

Much of what we believe to be factual has an expiration date, but the good news is that we can see it coming.

 

It is obvious that scientific knowledge is continually updated through new discoveries and the replication of studies, but until recent years little attention had been paid to how fast this change occurs. In particular, few had attempted to quantify how long it would take what we know at any given moment to become untrue, or replaced with a closer approximation of the truth.

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