Skeptisim in Media

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In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information from possibly thousands of sources a day, it is nearly impossible to consciously examine and thoroughly evaluate every scrap of information coming our way. Part of our brain already filters out stimuli to dumb-down our world for easy processing, but what type of information do we actively listen to? News, media, and advertisements are things we consciously process through our complicated language. Many news sources seem a good source of information concerning technology or politics, things that directly affect us. However, if we were to follow a critical thinking standard we would quickly find the most popular news reporters and stations toss scientific skepticism out the window. They make extraordinary claims with no evidence, draw poorly based correlations and do not consider or propose rival hypothesis. Our sources of information must be carefully considered and evaluated before we can consider their information. A good way to tell if a story is legitimate is to check for scientific studies that support the product or story. Check the credentials of the people involved. Are they an expert in their field? Does the author have a reason to be biased? Not adhering to skepticism will lead to misinformation and the formation of conclusions based on false evidence or a lack thereof. The main point is to always consider the sources of our information and the consequences of regarding the possibly false information as truth.

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