assembled by Douglas Allchin
e-mail: allchindouglas [at] gmail [dot] com
Slide Table of Contents
The Problem: Trust and Credibility of Public Scientific Claims
- science con-artist
- fake news
- hoaxers, anti-vaxxers
- Who cares about reliable facts?: scientists, journalists, military intelligence, grand juries
Credibility Game #1:Fantastic Beasts (Marvels & Monsters) (see separate download above)
"What can be believed -- AND WHY?"
Overview of Science Mediation
- network, mediated trust
- Figure 1. mediated structure of science communication
- Figure 2. ontogeny of a scientific fact in society -- "from test tube to YouTube"
- Figure 3. role of gatekeepers & challenge of social media
Credibility Game #2:
- To Tell the Truth
- Who is the scientist?
- Who is the relevant scientific expert?
- Who speaks for the scientific consensus?
Credibility Game #3: Find the Expert
- varieties of expertise: plumber; auto mechanic; dentist; lawyer
- expertise for students?: cell-phone repair; pregnancy; STD
- Figure 4. competing claims from experts and science con-artists
- historic con-artistry: Subtle in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist
- conjuring science: Strategies to Gain Trust (Science Con-Artistry)
- (1) Style
- Fox News style
- (2) disguise
- IPCC vs. NIPCC
- (3) social emotions: anti-vaxxers
- Plaquemines, LA
- teacher & his student walk-out
- (4) conjuring doubt
- Merchants of Doubt, the film
- (5) Flooding the Media
- gaming Google
Credibility Game #4:
- "Bluff the Listener" -- students practicing the art of the con
- Tracing scientific claims
- Figure 1 [reprise]: Mediation of science via gate-keeper journalists
- Game/Role Play: students as science news editors [Washington Post team]
Credibility Game #5:
- Rehearsal as a Science Consumer -- "Do cell phones cause cancer?"
Problem of Social Media
- FIgure 4 [reprise]: consumer of science news
- social media
- spread of lies -- farther, faster, broader than truth on Twitter
- Truth Will Out?
- Red Queen problem of fact-checking & fake news
- social media syndromes: confirmation bias, filter bubbles, echo chmbers, false-consensus effects
- science con-artist: Are you prepared?