The 2013 edition of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium is now over. It was quite the whirlwind for me (for reasons that will become clear in the coming weeks). I met some amazing people, learned a lot about common scientific misconceptions, and felt a certain relief at being surrounded by a large group of people who similarly felt exhausted by the self-blinding behaviour of denialists and the uncritical hype generated by the over-eager media. Luckily, we had four surprisingly optimistic speakers (well, OK, three, with the fourth giving voice to our boiling resentment), who believe the fight against ignorance, misinformation, and irreproducible science can be won.
Here then are four “facts” I learned at this year’s symposium. (Dr. Schwarcz would frown at my definition of a fact, hence the quotation marks)
The best way to lose weight is to write a book about how you’re trying to lose weight.
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