John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science.
Science is one of our most popular topics on I4U News. Discoveries in science are of interest to most people as it can affect their lives in many ways. The problem we see with covering scientific studies that we can't confirm the presented results. For that the peer review process is intended, but that is not working for many studies and papers.
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John Oliver took on the big problem with scientific studies in the latest episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. He explains how scientists can basically get any result they want with mining data until the wanted result materializes.
Oliver also explains how the marketing of studies work and how media including I4U News is getting it wrong. What we also often see are contracting studies. It is often very confusing to keep track of what is good and what is bad for you or what is true and what not.
It is important to stay critical about all studies you read. There could be also business interests behind them to push certain products. Remember the study from 2015 that said that three glasses of champagne a week are good for you. Turns out the study is based on rats.
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The downside of popular science is that important scientific results can get questioned easier, like the findings on climate change. Make sure to watch the John Oliver clip until the end to not miss the TED Talk mocking. Yes. Even TED Talks are not always telling the truth.