This meme follows on from the previous one, thematically speaking. What is (true, justified) knowledge today? It is unfortunately to be noted that, generally speaking, we do not draw our convictions from scientific studies, but at most via news articles about such studies. The process that takes place is usually that from a scientific criteria secured knowledge a dilution to a mere opinion takes place. One of the reasons for this is that schools generally do not teach the level of media literacy needed to distinguish between a finding and an opinion. Many news articles are more like a gloss without being labeled as such. But why is it only at university that people learn what "peer reviewed," "meta-study" or "statistical significance" mean? In addition, there is the effect of "confirmation bias," the overabundance of information, and technical reproducibility as an accelerating factor in the distribution of information. Show me a study and I will find you one that "proves" exactly the opposite. To some extent, we are all constantly "conclusion shopping"; we can't help it. But what would be the solution to this? To simply not take everything so seriously? But shouldn't we take precisely issues like social participation, climate change, or worsening social inequality very seriously?
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