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  • Researchers think they’ve found a “gateway belief” that leads to greater science acceptance - The Washington Post about 2 hours ago
    • So did it work out that way? The answer, says the study, is yes.

      After being presented with the consensus message, people on average increased their estimate of the percentage of scientists who agree about climate change by 12.8 percent. And the paper further found that when people up their estimate of the percentage of scientists who accept that global warming is caused by humans, they also increase their own belief in the science, and their own worry about it, becoming more likely to want the world to take climate action.

      “Perceived scientific consensus acts as a key gateway belief for both Democrats and Republicans,” wrote the authors. Interestingly, the paper found that the consensus message was particularly effective with Republicans — a group that, in general, is not easily swayed on the climate issue.

    • It’s important to note, however, that not every researcher agrees with this approach. Indeed, Yale public opinion researcher Dan Kahan has already blogged a response to the new study, and it’s pretty critical.

      “I gotta say, I just don’t see any evidence in these results that the ’97% consensus msg’ meaningfully affected any of the outcome variables that the authors’ new writeup is focused on (belief in climate change, perceived risk, support for policy),” he wrote. Kahan objected that while statistically significant, the changes were relatively small and may not have “practical” significance.

      More broadly, Kahan questions whether, in light of how politicized the climate debate has become, mere statements about fact like the “97 percent” claim can successfully depolarize matters. Kahan himself recently published research suggesting that a wildly different approach — telling people about the subject of geoengineering — actually has a depolarizing effect.

  • Silicon Valley likes to promise ‘digital socialism’ – but it is selling a fairy tale | Evgeny Morozov | Comment is free | The Guardian about 2 hours ago
    • This claim to being the world’s great equaliser is the very factor that makes Silicon Valley into a non-stick industry impermeable to social criticism. But the premises of its venture humanitarianism are not as rigorous and unshakable as they seem. There are at least three possible lines of attack.
    • Second, Silicon Valley’s empowerment fairy tale is just that: a fairy tale. It conceals the fact that the nominally free information available on Google is not equally useful to an unemployed graduate and a secretive hedge fund with access to sophisticated technology to turn data into trading insights. The same goes for attention-channelling services like Twitter: they are not equally useful to an average person with 100 followers and a prominent venture capitalist followed by a million people.
    • This, however, raises the third and most troubling question: why bother to have a state at all, if Silicon Valley can magically provide basic services, from education to health, on its own? Even more important, why still pay taxes and fund non-existent public services, which are to be provided – on a very different model – by tech companies anyway? This is a question that neither the state nor Silicon Valley is prepared to answer. One feels, however, that the modern state wouldn’t mind having the tech companies play a greater role, allowing it to concentrate on the one task it likes most: fighting terror.
  • Everything You've Been Told About Healthy Eating Is Wrong, Except This | Mother Jones about 2 hours ago
    • Nevertheless, last year my doctor told me she was worried about my sodium level. I misunderstood at first, and figured that I needed to make additional efforts to cut back. But no. My serum sodium level was too low. What's more, it turns out that most Americans consume a safe amount of sodium. The usual recommendation is to keep sodium intake below 2400 mg per day, but the bulk of the evidence suggests that twice this much is perfectly safe for people who don't suffer from hypertension. (And even the recommendations for people with hypertension might be more restrictive than they need to be.)


      Then there's cholesterol. I guess I don't have to say much about that: the evidence is now so overwhelming that even the U.S. government's top nutrition panel announced a couple of weeks ago that dietary cholesterol was no longer a "nutrient of concern" in its latest guidelines. Go ahead and have an egg or three.

  • Information and Its Discontents: The Spring Issue of The Hedgehog Review Appears | THR Blog about 2 hours ago
  • We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces | John Spencer about 2 hours ago
    • My fear is that when we turn libraries into maker spaces we send the message that reading isn't relevant; that it's boring, that it's a chore. We quit treating it like a candy store and start acting like it's the salad line when soft serve ice cream is just around the corner. 

       Libraries exist to inspire the love of reading.

       It may informational texts or novels or graphic novels. But it should be that place where kids go to fall in love with reading. When I walk into a library, I want to see kids working with librarians, picking apart information and arguing over bias and loaded language as they geek out about research. I want to see libraries as spaces where kids aren't necessarily making things so much as taking it all in. I want to see libraries as spaces where "augmented reality" means getting lost in a fantastical world.
  • A Culture of Blame: Stigma in the ER (Rare Disease Day 2015) | Emerging Technologies Librarian about 2 hours ago
    • Something I know from personal experience is that when someone has an undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or mismanaged health care condition, they tend to get to a point where they spend an unusual amount of time in the Emergency Room. These are, shall we say, usually not a person’s happiest moments. People with rare conditions are more likely than not to have gone through a period of time in which their condition was not properly diagnosed. There are excellent reasons for this, with the largest one being that clinicians are taught explicitly to err on the side of assuming their patients are relatively ordinary, rather than extraordinary or unusual, or rare. This is included in medical slang as the word “zebra,” implying that people’s diagnoses are more likely to be a “horse.”
    • The focus of the Wainwright-Morrison post is on the non-compliant patient, a topic which is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Not to diverge too much (and I’ll try to make a separate post on ‘noncompliance’), I’ve been writing about this for a very long time. In our 2002 book, I argued in favor of the idea that “patients have reasons for being non-compliant,” that calling patients non-compliant is actually patient-blaming and unproductive, and that informed consent implies people deserve the right to make decisions which the experts might not agree with.
  • The Dress and #Ferguson Are the Two Sides of Flash Media Events about 2 hours ago
    • But, as a great philosopher once said, the repressed always returns.


      The U.S. media goes through phases of repressing, or forgetting, stories about racial conflict. Then, after years of silence on the topic, these stories roar through Facebook and across the front pages of news sites. Currently the media is going through a flash of recognition over racial injustice. But what was happening before Trayvon and #Ferguson? It's not as if there weren't appalling racial injustices going on. Maybe the media turned a blind eye. Maybe, even when the media did report on black men being shot by police, you didn't share those stories with your Facebook friends or your Tumblr followers or your Pinterest pals.


      It's not that we didn't know this before. We just forgot.

  • What We Count When We Count Steps: Quantification as Subjectivation | HASTAC about 2 hours ago
    • By displaying images of background quantification, we see how fitness-tracking seamlessly integrate with an active lifestyle. As long as we are bombarded with the ideological rhetoric of invisibility, it is difficult to critique these devices. We need to start seeing quantification and self-tracking as cultural processes that create subjectivities, and NOT as tools that neutrally investigate our self and our body.
  • #withaPhD | Twice-monthly Twitter chat about 2 hours ago
  • Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) - Change (Y)our World about 6 hours ago

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