I’ve been reading about the content and controversy around a book which references scientific information and because of this is considered by many to be a scientific work, even though it is not.

I’ve noticed more and more of this sort of material over the last decade or so and the result is a lot of people who think they are receiving scientific facts and data when I’m actually they are reading works of opinion based on outdated, cherry-picked data (at best).


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I’m wondering if we need a label on books and other materials like this that indicates the “freshness” of any referenced science as well as something like the nutritional content labels on food that could indicate how much review & verification has been applied to any cited study as well as indicate when they have been disproven or debunked.

@jjg Kind of like how people will voluntarily put preroll on a movie that’s says “this was made back before we knew how terrible it was.”

@jim that’s a good analogy.

In the meantime I’m thinking about what it would take to organize some folks to print labels like this on sheets of red paper and just stick them in the pages of books like this on store shelves.

@jjg @jim I have found that even referencing the school ence is out of date or refuted won't work with a lot of people... People have turned to faith based thinking. Faith in alternative medicine, faith in anything that confirms they're opinion, suspicious of anything that conflicts with their ideas. I don't know what happened, but we're getting dumber. Welcome Idiocracy.

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