May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

MALS 536 - Spotting Bullsh*t, Fake News and Cognitive Biases

3.00 credit hours
Because we all now know that it’s unhealthy to smoke, we don’t fall for the old ad that once informed us that “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette!” But other facts circulated in contemporary science and society are just as phony without being so easily recognized. Looks at how data and statistics can be used to mislead and deceive and how participants can develop a critical yet open-minded view of claims made in medicine, business and economics, and science. Also reviews recent work on fake news and cognitive bias.


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