Healthy Skepticism

Here's an article from Salvo 16 newly added to the online archives. This one, by Salvo senior editor Casey Luskin, goes along quite nicely with the fake ad Salvo published that commented on what is and is not fashionable to be skeptical of…

Sci-Fact or Sci-Fi?

What We Won't Learn from Hyped-Up Science News Headlines
by Casey Luskin

George Orwell once quipped that "no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper." Orwell, who penned the classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, was undoubtedly aware that the best stories—especially science fiction—are those that contain just enough truth to have the air of plausibility.

If one were to believe the news media, 2010 was a banner year for scientific investigations into the origin of life. Widely hyped, plausible-sounding stories in leading mainstream news outlets as well as top science magazines claimed that researchers had created "artificial life," had discovered "alien life," and had demonstrated that "space rocks may have seeded life on Earth."

Were these claims science, or science fiction?

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