Carl Sagan´s Guide to Fake News online edition

For World Space Week in 2020, there will be a online Q&A on Carl Sagan´s Guide to Fake News on October 6 at 12pm-1pm.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1742948440930594317 – I´m looking forward to it.

Carl Sagan´s Guide to Fake News is an activity designed to help us with fact-checking.

This activity has been run at the Science Museum, the Big Bang Fair and made a special appearance for World Space Week. This page makes the activity available in online form providing a set of stories for you to investigate.  Before you do so though, I recommend you read this article on fact-checking and familiarize yourself with Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Toolkit from his book: “The Demon Haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark”.

Stories to investigate:

The linked articles above also contain a link to an online survey where you can plot your assessment of each story on the “scale of baloney”.  Once you have voted you can click onto a further page where you can see the “facts” behind each story, and understand how the baloney detection toolkit can help you navigate your way to the truth.

To see more 2020 World Space Week activities please follow this link: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40IOPSouthCentral%20%23WSW2020&src=typed_query

If you are interested in finding out more about fake news or want to do more research for yourself here are a set of useful links:

I will continue to update this page, which you can access directly at faxenews.jmitch.co.uk.

If you want to contact me you can tweet or send a direct message to @jmitch_co_uk or leave a comment below.

I will also continue to add to the stories and provide updates on the feedback received.

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