5. Which is more likely to contain reliable information?A) A web page posted by an independent “think-tank”.B) The views of public figures reported in a newspaper article.C) A refereed article in a learned journal.D) A magazine article summarizing recent newspaper and television reports.E) A cola commercial.Feedback: No source of information is perfect, but the refereed articles in learned journals put immense effort into “getting it right”. The web has reliable information, of course, but probably most of the information on the web is not especially reliable. The web is very inexpensive, and lots of people put junk on it. Think tanks also often are pushing an agenda, and try to “spin” information their way. Most newspapers are around for the long haul, and try to make the news fairly accurate, although some newspapers do have agendas, and the editorial pages are not especially accurate. But, if the report is on the views of a public figure, the newspaper may accurately report what the public figure said, but what the public figure said may be less than completely accurate. Some magazines are quite good and careful, but many are pushing a belief or just overhyping things to tease you into buying the magazine. And whileyou are welcome to believe that drinking a particular cola makes you sexy… don’t count on it.Points Earned: 1.0/1.0 Correct Answer(s): C 6. The peer review process, in which scientists submit write-ups of their ideas and experiments to a set of colleagues who judge how good the ideas are before the ideas can be published, is:
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