- Strip it and Flip it. Strip the claim down to its essentials and promises: "If I do X, then there is a Y percent chance that Z will happen."
- Trace it. Should you take statements by "authorities" at face value?
- Analyze it. What evidence is offered? Is there any scientific evidence (from reliable studies) that support or refute the claims?
- Should you do it? And how will you measure results, or when do you call it quits?
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Not just for my teacher friends
I used to know a lot of smart people – until the election heated up, anyway. Now I get emails and see posts on Facebook about candidates with obviously questionable "facts." I'm not talking about the stuff that is clearly just meant to be funny. I'm talking about the stuff that makes outrageous claims and distorts what was actually said. It ought to be obvious that candidates will say things that fudge the truth (or worse) just because they're desperate to win. That doesn't mean we have to be fools about it! If something sounds too crazy to be true, it's probably not true. But forwarding it without checking first only annoys your friends and can cause them to unfriend you.
Phew! I just had to get that off my chest.
But when it comes to politics – GOOD LUCK! (I received this book from Amazon Vine.)