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An unfortunate sweet tooth for sensationalism

When I taught a science for non-science majors at Cornell University, my favorite lecture was on science in the popular media. My learning objective was straight forward: I wanted students to pick up a newspaper, flip to the science section, and detect bullshit.

This is such an important life skill because at this point in time, blogs, newspapers, and magazines print unscientific bullshit. They do it because it sells. I have never seen an article so neatly package all of the problems that lead to this state of affairs than John Bohannon’s recent “Chocolate Diet” charade.

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