How to Determine If A Controversial Statement Is Scientifically True
A small typo: "...Dr. Plait warned that [t]here are a few things to watch out for...". Great article overall, though I wonder if it advocates leaning on authority figures a bit too much. I think it's fairly obvious that the evidence itself is more important than whoever presents it, but I wish this were stated more explicitly. It can be next to impossible for laypeople to determine the difference between "legitimate" experts and their counterparts (and in some fields "legitimacy" may be ill-defined to the point of meaninglessness, and even experts aren't *always* right). The ability to judge data on its own merits (using questions like "was the study double blind?" Flagged Thanks for the correction - and excellent points, thank you!