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Discussing what matters when facts are not enough

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10:20am, March 9, 2018

Scientists and journalists live for facts. Our methods may be very different, but we share a deep belief that by questioning, observing and verifying, we can gain a truer sense of how the world works.

So when people question the scientific consensus on issues such as climate change, vaccine effectiveness or the safety of genetically modified organisms (SN: 2/6/16, p. 22), it’s no surprise that one of the first inclinations of journalists and scientists has been to think, hey, these doubters just don’t know the facts. Many organizations have launched fact-check operations on the premise that the skeptics are really just suffering from a fact deficit. Give them more data spelling

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