Tuesday, March 14 –
In an era of "fake news" and "alternative facts," how well can you draw the line on what counts as truth? What role do science writers play in spreading or exposing spurious science?
Two University of Washington professors want to help us better recognize and refute phony science. Come hear Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West share advice on deciphering the signal from the noise, for yourself and your readers. Borrowing from their new course, "Calling Bullshit," they'll survey strategies that writers can use, such as how to sniff out manipulated data and misleading figures -- from bogus correlations to deceptive axes.
Check out their course syllabus here -- and join us for a lively discussion.