Science Con-Artists, Fake News
& the Credibility Game

Douglas Allchin
allchindouglas [at] gmail [dot] com

Presentation
    Title

    The Problem: Trust and Credibility of Public Scientific Claims
  1. fake news
  2. science con-artist
  3. hoaxers, anti-vaxxers
  4. reliable facts: scientists, journalists, military intel, grand jury
  5. trust
  6. network, mediated trust

    Credibility Game #1: Marvels & Monsters
    What can be believed -- AND WHY?

    Overview of Science Mediation
  7. mediated structure of science communication
  8. epistemic structure of commun. within science
  9. role of gatekeepers
  10. role of social media

    Credibility Game #2 and #3: (below)

  11. Gate-keepers & Con-artists: Figure 3:
    historic con-artistry: Subtle in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist
  12. conjuring science: Strategies to Gain Trust (Science Con-Artistry)
  13. (1) Style
  14. Fox News style
  15. (2) disguise
  16. IPCC vs. NIPCC
  17. (3) social emotions: anti-vaxxers
  18. Plaquemines, LA
  19. sociologics
  20. teacher & his student walk-out
  21. (4) conjuring doubt
  22. Merchants of Doubt, the film
  23. (5) Flooding the Media
  24. gaming Google

  25. Credibility Game #4: "Bluff the Listener" -- students practicing the art of the con

    Mediation:
    Tracing scientific claims
  26. Figure 1 [reprise]: Mediation of science via gate-keeper journalists
  27. Game/Role Play: students as science news editors [Washington Post team]

  28. Credibility Game #5: Rehearsal as a Science Consumer -- "Do cell phones cause cancer?"


  29. Credibility Game #2: To Tell the Truth
  30. Who is the scientist?
  31. Who is the relevant scientific expert?
  32. Who speaks for the scientific consensus?

    Credibility Game #3: Who's the Expert?
  33. varieties of expertise: plumber; auto mechanic; dentist; lawyer
  34. expertise for students?: cell-phone repair; pregnancy; STD

    Problem of Social Media
  35. FIgure 4 [reprise]: consumer of science news
  36. social media
  37. spread of lies -- farther, faster, broader than truth on Twitter
  38. Truth Will Out?
  39. Red Queen problem of fact-checking & fake news
  40. social media syndromes: confirmation bias, filter bubbles, echo chmbers, false-consensus effects

    Resources
  41. books
  42. videos
  43. activities
  44. classroom activities & resources