Is That a Fact

Hmmm. But most of the time, whatever the subject matter, questions tend to boil down to “Is that a fact?” Unfortunately, in science absolute facts are hard ...

Author: Joe Schwarcz

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781770905283

Category: Science

Page: 280

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The bestselling “quackbuster” and “tireless tub-thumper against pseudoscience” fishes for the facts in a flood of misinformation (Maclean’s). Eat this and live to 100. Don’t, and die. Today, hyperboles dominate the media, which makes parsing science from fiction an arduous task when deciding what to eat, what chemicals to avoid, and what’s best for the environment. In Is That a Fact?, bestselling author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates through the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness. Are GMOs really harmful? Or could they help developing countries? Which “miracle weight-loss foods” gained popularity through exuberant data dredging? Is BPA dangerous or just a victim of unforgiving media hype? Is organic better? Schwarcz questions the reliability and motives of “experts” in this “easy-to-understand yet critical look at what’s fact and what’s plain nonsense. “Takes its readers through the carnival of pseudoscience, the morass of half-truths and, finally, the relatively safe road of reproducible scientific knowledge. This journey is made all the more enjoyable by Dr. Schwarcz’s surgical use of words and his mastery of public writing . . . [He] can always be counted on to write about the chemistry of the world in a way that is both entertaining and educational.” —Cracked Science “Written with a light touch and refreshing humor, this book provides a solid, authoritative starting point for anyone beginning to look at the world with a skeptical eye and a refresher for those further along that path.” —Library Journal

Is That a Fact Second Edition

Is That a Fact? is conceived as an updating for the Internet Age of Darrell Huff's immensely popular 1954 classic, How to Lie with Statistics, ...

Author: Mark Battersby

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770485983

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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How much should we trust the polls on the latest electoral campaign? When a physician tells us that a diagnosis of cancer is 90% certain or a nutritionist tells us what is healthy to eat, what should we believe? Questions such as these are greatly important, yet many of us have only a vague sense of how to answer them. In Is That a Fact?, Mark Battersby aims not only to explain how to identify misleading statistics and research, but also to give readers the understanding necessary to evaluate and use statistical information in their own decision making. This second edition is revised and updated throughout and includes a new chapter on weighing risk in personal and public decision making.

Is That a Fact Revised Edition

The fact that a smaller sample results in a larger margin of error has significant implications for comparing groups within a poll.

Author: Mark Battersby

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770481589

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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We are inundated by scientific and statistical information, but what should we believe? How much should we trust the polls on the latest electoral campaign? When a physician tells us that a diagnosis of cancer is 90% certain or a scientist informs us that recent studies support global warming, what should we conclude? How can we acquire reliable statistical information? Once we have it, how do we evaluate it? Despite the importance of these questions to our lives, many of us have only a vague idea of how to answer them. In this admirably clear and engaging book, Mark Battersby provides a practical guide to thinking critically about scientific and statistical information. The goal of the book is not only to explain how to identify misleading statistical information, but also to give readers the understanding necessary to evaluate and use statistical and statistically based scientific information in their own decision making.

Once Upon a Fact

96-113). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Simpson, A. (1996). Fictions and facts: An investigation of reading practices of girls and boys.

Author: Carol Jenkins

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105114202760

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 181

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This timely book explores the debate about how best to engage children in the writing of nonfiction and suggests many instructional strategies for K–6 classrooms. Using transcripts and descriptions of children’s actual writing practices, the authors show that children willingly embrace nonfiction writing when the genre is given an important place in the classroom. Drawn from the authors’ classroom-based research study with third graders, this groundbreaking volume: Explores in detail the intertextual patterns that children adopt when writing nonfiction reports. Documents the ways in which peer and teacher influence fuel and direct children’s writing. Identifies four types of nonfiction writers—strategic, experience-only, memory-only, and textbound–—and presents case studies with excerpts from interviews and nonfiction reports. Offers a set of instructional guidelines for supporting and extending expository writing, including sample lessons and curricular activities.

Mind

be construc'ed , he something in common between the structure of the sentence and the structure of the fact ” . This doctrine appears to depend on the ...

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ISBN: UCR:31210009889021

Category: Philosophy

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Philosophy Research Archives

In the early theory, when a relational fact was analyzed, the result was a set of terms and a relation per se, since the analysis converted the relating ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105012173733

Category: Philosophy

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Wings

Purists will assert , truly that a fact must always be related to other facts , since the sum of all facts is the Ultimate Truth .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105015257293

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A Grammar of the Welsh Language

Supposition or conditional clauses are divided into ( a ) Fact supposition , which expresses “ possibility or simple supposition , without any expression of ...

Author: Thomas Rowland

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ISBN: BSB:BSB11334808

Category: Welsh language

Page: 302

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The Athenaeum

On this premisses does Strauss's conclusión lie ? an improbable fact should , in proportion to the entirely false foundation he builds as though it Still ...

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Consciousness

For if, as is widely accepted, the physical facts determine all the facts, then, whether or not there are any non-physical facts, necessarily once the ...

Author: Frank Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: UOM:39015043237059

Category: Psychology

Page: 424

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A collection of major philosophical articles on the problem on consciousness.

The foundations of natural philosophy

The meaning of a fact is the operation by which it is ascertained; that is, ... Of this transition from phenomena to facts, Margenau writes: ...

Author: John Godolphin Bennett

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105008347101

Category: Philosophy

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Parliamentary Debates

It is a fact however that we do not feel the same amount of enthusiasm fervour in speaking about what we have been able to achieve during the last four ...

Author: India. Parliament

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ISBN: UCAL:B3897753

Category: India

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Astounding Science fiction

In fact , why stop there ? KNOWLEDGE is the equipment of the scientist . Do you know all you want to know , * about subjects that we might be able to help ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105126654230

Category: Science fiction

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Omnium gatherum

by HagerstrOm2 and Olivecrona.3 I used to find those objections quite persuasive, so Svensson's claim that they are in fact altogether misconceived provided ...

Author: Erik Carlson

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105122677292

Category: Philosophy

Page: 365

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Report

The latter is due to the fact that a piary management then becomes an interesting game instead of routine drudgery. As a further incentive to the study of ...

Author: Iowa. State apiarist

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ISBN: UIUC:30112020249501

Category: Bees

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McElhaney s Trial Notebook

Q: In fact, you did not examine him that night at all, did you? A: No. Q: And you were not with Dr. Deerfield when he visited Ron Morgan the next morning, ...

Author: James W. McElhaney

Publisher: Amer Bar Assn

ISBN: STANFORD:36105043952006

Category: Law

Page: 533

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"All of the essays ... first appeared in Litigation"--Page viii.