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May 18, 2018

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From the corner booth...


I've been busy so I haven't been around to update the websites recently.

I saw a quote from the physics/science advocate/educator Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter that everyone should think about:

"Science literacy empowers you to know when someone else is full of shit."

Similarly, some people don't have the time nor inclination to know math, but knowledge of math lets you know when your accountant is ripping you off.

One of the things I consider when thinking about the credibility of scientific investigation research is whether or not it's gone through a peer-review by *other* scientists and investigators, though up to this point, I didn't understand all the details about the process. After reading some this article, I'm wondering why anyone there's any issue these days on science.

Peer-review is how cold fusion was proven to be a fake; no one could repeat the experiment, or even come close. Case closed.

In the news industry, they have a different process that includes editors and fact-checkers. When I was mentioned in an article many years ago, they had an editor call me to confirm all the things I said to the writer to prove that the writer didn't make up all the things he had put in the article.

At the individual level, though, we don't have enough of that fact-checking. People are lazy and willing to believe whatever they want to believe, as long as it "sounds" true and conforms to what they want to believe. They don't want to hear anything conflict with what they believe in. It takes a bit of effort to look up the facts and the truth, and even even harder to present it to people who just don't want to believe anything that would show that their reality is totally wrong.

We are in a great battle for the truth; we are fighting against people "who make up shit". And when you concede the battle to people who make up the truth, well, you're allowing them to create the information to control you. We have to wake people up to the truth and get them to differentiate between facts and made-up crap, and then get them to do something about it.

See you on the dance floor.

Benson Wong

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