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Show me the data: Sifting pseudoscience from the real thing

By Andi Horvath

In a world with a bewildering mix of fact and fiction, and in which social and mainstream media only add to the confusion, how do we separate out false or dubious claims from the well-founded and evidence-based? Research and clinical psychologist Prof Scott Lilienfeld joins science host Dr Andi Horvath to help us distinguish pseudoscience from the real thing by exploring popular myths that too often make fools of us.

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Hi, I'm Doctor Andi Horvath, thanks for joining us. Today we get up close to the critical thinking skills we need to scrutinise the claims people make and whether what they're telling us has any probable basis in reality. Specifically, how do we tell science from pseudoscience? Whilst we live in an information age, we could just as well call it the misinformation age. With endless stories in the press and social media on the latest claims from researchers, how do we separate the reliable or credible from the unsubstantiated or downright false? It's not just the claims themselves that are the problem, every one of us, even scientists or students immersed in the world of research, is subject to a number of human biases in how we take in and accept the ideas of others.

Our guest on this episode is Scott Lilienfeld who is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Lilienfeld has published extensively in the areas of personality and psychopathy, but he also does a strong sideline in getting...

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