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Turn off the News and Think!

This quote is scary, but I believe true. “In this era of fake news and paid news artificial intelligence is more and more used as a political tool to manipulate and dictate common people. Through big data, biometric data AI analyses online profiles and behaviors in social media and smartphones. But the days are not far when AI will also control the politicians and the media too.”

― Amit Ray

Our world and the way we process it is rapidly evolving with the technological advances we are facing. This is happening much quicker then we needed to face then in our generation growing up.

Our Teens and tweens have so much information at their fingertips, they can look up anything. No wonder they are filled with anxiety. They have information without the ability to understand how to wade through it all or apply what they learn.

If we are honest with ourselves, we have also been duped at times by inaccurate information we have read on the internet.

How can we wade through the information and determine its accuracy?

What if we approached what we read like a scientist?

Those in research know to approach what you read with skepticism. In science, it must be proven and the scientist approaches the information with curiosity. When testing a new hypothesis, a good scientist will remain open, this may or may not be true.

When you look at the information ask yourself the following question: might there be a conflict of interest? What do they have to gain by me believing this article? What are the qualifications of the thing being reported? In science, not all studies are equal. Just because there is a study does not mean it was a good study.

Scientists are always looking for the evidence? Is there evidence? Are there witnesses? Or are we making judgments based on speculation?

Our brains work on a bias so we need to be smarter than our brains. Sometimes we want to believe something to be true so badly, we cannot see clearly what is in front of us. (we've all experienced this in our love lives at some point in our lives)

Scientists try to separate themselves emotionally and connect in healthy dialogue with those who see things differently than them.

What if we read like a scientist?

You might be surprised by what you will learn.

How will you seek to equip your teens to think like a scientist?

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