Literacy in the 21st Century: Word, web, woo

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Here is a near-intact draft of the slides from my talk at #celt12 earlier today.

If you download it, you will find that the native pptx file will have the videos embedded and will have retained the original animations.

I'll be blogging about this soon...

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Literacy in the 21st Century: Word, web, woo

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  2. 2. http://www.gallup.com/poll/19558/Paranormal-Beliefs-Come-SuperNaturally-Some.aspx
  3. 3. http://goo.gl/Dkp8F
  4. 4. Policy-makers’ reticence towards academic debate “Sittin’ on the sidelines...cribbin’ an’ moanin’...”“...I don’t know how people who engage in that don’t commit suicide”
  5. 5. 2007 General Election Seats 1st preferences http://www.ronanlyons.com
  6. 6. http://goo.gl/MyPaH
  7. 7. Popular right now: The Internet
  8. 8. Data: http://www.gapminder.org
  9. 9. Hours per day spent on selected leisure pursuits, by age (2010) Relaxing/ Computer useAge-group Reading thinking (for leisure)15-19 .12 .11 .8520-24 .16 .28 .6525-34 .13 .18 .3735-44 .16 .24 .2945-54 .24 .25 .1955-64 .35 .26 .2965-74 .62 .55 .3875+ .85 .64 .49 (US) Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.t11.htm
  10. 10. @ThreeShipsMedia
  11. 11. HTTP://XKCD.COM/386/
  12. 12. February 28, 1998
  13. 13. BMJ (2011), 8 Jan & 15 Jan
  14. 14. “Failed in your duties”“Acted against the interests 28 January 2010of your patients”Lancet paper was“dishonest”, “irresponsible”,and “misleading”, in severalrespects and overallOverall finding of “seriousprofessional misconduct”
  15. 15. www.ageofautism.com, 16 February 2010
  16. 16. The 10 worst anti-science websites via skeptoid.com
  17. 17. Science vs. Pseudoscience Differences of principle Pseudoscience Science Avoids falsifiability Valorises falsifiabilityVagueness in measurement Accuracy in measurement Unproven as false = true Unproven as false = unproven Confirmation bias Emphasis on refutation Lack of parsimony Prioritization of parsimonyReversed burden of proof Burden on claimant, not critic
  18. 18. Science vs. Pseudoscience Differences of practice Pseudoscience Science Secrecy of data Publication of data Science by press conference Peer review Argument “ad hominem” Argument “ad rem” Anecdotal evidence Empirical evidence Appeals to holism Appeals to reductionismLack of theoretical agreement Acceptance of paradigmsExaggerated importance of key Shared endeavour persons
  19. 19. Pseudoscientific features in the MMR-autism controversy • Science by press conference • Secrecy of data • Vagueness in measurement • Confirmation bias • Reversed burden of proof • Exaggerated importance of key contributors • Argument “ad hominem” • Anecdotal evidence
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