How “Science” Articles Are Written

I read an article last week that really set me off. It was one purporting to be a warning about some sort of additive in a vaccine, but upon closer inspection, it didn't have much in the actual fact behind it, but instead played a number of tricks, intended to scare the reader. While the actual article will be withheld here in order to limit it's exposure, and however hard it is to resist the urge to simply blast "learn to science" out into the world, I've put together some tips that may help you evaluate articles making questionable claims in the future.

Tin Foil Hats (DON’T) Work

THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO READ OUR MINDS!   ...I mean probably, but honestly, it'll be through machine learning algorithms that figure out our next decisions before we do so that the pre-crime unit can come arrest us first (or was that just in Minority Report?).  In the age of RFID chips and facial recognition and big brother databases maybe it makes sense to protect your privacy.  So instead of starting by ditching social media (thanks Facebook!), picking out a nice VPN to protect your data, and maybe even reading an end user agreement when you sign up for something or download some new software, let's explore why tin foil hats are a waste of your time!  And money!  And, I mean probably dignity...