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Telling fact from fiction: a rationalist’s job

We are bombarded with misleading or even downright false “facts” all the time. These can range from a sensationalist headline, to the claims of quacks and charlatans or even to more serious absurdities proposed by policy makers. In many cases those “facts” come dressed in what appears to be scientific language. In an age where science has largely won the battle against superstition and religious dogma, it is not surprising to find those who wish to use it to lend credibility to their dodgy claims. Continue reading