This is funny, but true. What a valuable lesson in trying to go to the source of a story, rather than just trusting the media. It takes more time, but if we’re going to make arguments based on something we read, it’s important to make sure we have the real story, and not a bad interpretation of it.
This is also why it’s so important for journalists and writers to take science classes! I reminded my students of this in grad school. It’s also important for all of us to have a good education so we can catch bad logic in news stories and not get fooled by sensationalist or simply ignorant reporting.
“Hey bill.” “Hey there Kate.” “I cant figure out how gravity works.” “Its ok, file your research anyways.” “Really? Wont people know I didn’t really come to any conclusion?” “Bill, we are two of the smartest people in the world. Most people wouldn’t even be able to read your research if they had it.” “Hmmm, you sure no one will know?” “Absolutely, just wing it.”
(bask in the smerky goodness that is sarcasm)
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