By Terry Hébert, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
We talk about giving students the tools to evaluate research in their disciplines critically. These tools can also be applied to their roles as citizens as well. We are sold a lot of things now- it is more important than ever to judge the claims of our colleagues, our leaders and even ourselves honestly and critically. Here are some really good tips for developing that critical spirit from the University of Cambridge:
Aiming to improve policy-makers’ understanding of the imperfect nature of science, academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Melbourne have created a list of concepts that they believe should be part of the education of civil servants, politicians, policy advisers and journalists…
See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/twenty-top-tips-for-interpreting-scientific-claims
I m a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University.
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