If you understand when and how to ask questions, you possess an effective inoculation against charlatans.
- The internet has become a tool to tribalize us, a place where opinions become identities in a fight to the death of who's right and who's wrong.
- As information continues to flow in, many of us lack the training to effectively sort opinion from fact. This leads to widespread disinformation.
- We need science literacy. With an understanding of how things work, or how to question how things work, we empower ourselves to discover the truth.
Research has found that previously encountered information feels more "fluent."
For the third time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting U.S. president.
- The House vote means the Senate will hold a trial to determine whether President Donald Trump is guilty of either or both of the two articles of impeachment.
- One article of impeachment alleges the president abused his power for personal political gain, the other alleges he obstructed Congress.
- The Senate is widely expected to acquit the president.
The statistics for American adults aren't that much better.
- The results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment show that just 13.5 percent of American 15-year-olds could reliably distinguish fact from fiction in reading tasks.
- A 2018 Pew Research Center study showed that more than half of U.S. adults had trouble identifying fact from fiction after reading a list of 10 statements.
- Respondents who were least able to correctly flag opinions were likely to be digitally unsophisticated, relatively politically unaware and generally mistrustful of the media.
The encyclopedia offers more "reliable" information than Wikipedia, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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- A government resolution said the measure will ensure that "reliable information that is constantly updated on the basis of scientifically verified sources of knowledge."
- The move is likely part of Russia's effort to crack down on citizens' internet access.
- Russia has centuries-old history of censorship, and state officials have even been observed to edit Wikipedia articles to serve Russian interests.