5 ways to spot if someone is trying to mislead you when it comes to science

It’s not a new thing for people to try to mislead you when it comes to science. But in the age of COVID-19 — when we’re being bombarded with even more information than usual, when there’s increased uncertainty, and when we may be feeling overwhelmed and fearful — we’re perhaps even more susceptible to being deceived.

The challenge is to be able to identify when this may be happening. Sometimes it’s easy, as often even the most basic fact-checking and logic can be potent weapons against misinformation.

But often, it can be hard. People who are trying either to make you believe something that isn’t true, or to doubt something that is true, use a variety of strategies that can manipulate you very effectively.

Here are five to look out for.

1. The ‘us versus them’ narrative

This is one of the most common tactics used to mislead. It taps

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15 best films on the streaming site, ranked

Getting your science fiction fix can be tricky without Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or that thing called basic cable. After some digging, we found streaming services aren’t the only ones with a plethora of sci-fi films available; YouTube has a selection of free movies for your viewing pleasure.

Blue Mars

Robert Zubrin, aerospace engineer and founder of The Mars Society, had some wild ideas for getting humans to Mars back in 2007, which 10 years later makes much more sense. Once we’ve landed, Zubrin discusses civilization and how humans will use the soil to build tools, plant crops, produce oxygen, and eventually populate the planet with the first true Martians.

Entertainment One

Erol, played by Haley Joel Osment (yeah, the kid from The Sixth Sense, Forrest Gump, and Pay It Forward), learns that his father time-traveled to 1946 to meet Albert Einstein and never came back.

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Virginia Beach teacher Maia Chaka now an NFL referee

Maia Chaka is ready to make the calls on crucial plays during National Football League games.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — On Friday, Maia Chaka’s life changed forever while making history, breaking barriers by expanding gender and racial equality. 

Chaka is a physical education teacher at the Renaissance Academy in Virginia Beach and now she’s America’s game-changer.

“It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to work for about the highest level,” said Chaka. 

She is the first African-American woman hired to officiate in the National Football League. The NFL made the announcement Friday morning.

“You have to go after your dreams and you have to follow them… and if you have a passion for something and you want to follow it, just make sure you’re not compromising your morals and your values. Do you want to get success? Do you want to make sure you’re getting it the right way?” said Chaka. 

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