Information Literacy

 In 2003, the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts defined information literacy, in part, as "the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, organize and effectively create, use and communicate information to address issues or problems at hand." 

In this digital age, it often feels like misinformation is available and spread as readily as accurate, evidence-based ideas. Every Saturday, you can find a new information literacy topic published, including perceptions of science professionals and experts, how to effectively evaluate information validity, and how to identify red flags and logical fallacies. 

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Investigating Internet Information for the Savvy Skeptic

Whether about pets, politics, or parenting, we've all been there: looking something up online only to find conflicting information around every corner. In today's digital age, we have the cumulative wealth of human knowledge (...mostly) available at our fingertips... and yet it seems that every trip to google is an homage to that campfire game of two truths and a lie. Luckily, there are a few strategies on your side for evaluating every internet expert. 

When is correlation due to causation?

  "Correlation isn't causation," it an accurate statement that is, unfortunately, oft' misemployed when members of the public discuss science or research. Specifically, it is used (incorrectly) to undermine actual instances of causative relationships. While correlations can be due either to a non-causative, indirect relationship (such as a common causative factor, or simply random chance) or to a mechanism of causation, whenever causation is present, correlation is as well. Rather than broadly dismissing actual instances of causation by appealing to the existence of a correlation between two values, one must ask themselves: When is correlation due to causation? 

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