Bonnie Nardi, Nicole Ellison, Cliff Lampe
Science is a specialized practice. In many cases, it takes years of training to be able to interpret findings and see patterns across multiple studies. Those untrained in a scientific specialty (such as members of the general public) may not understand aspects of the scientific process or the outcomes of scientific investigations. This problem is sometimes compounded by the ways scientific findings are presented by the popular press or the fact that seemingly contradictory findings emerge over time. Scientific findings, even when the preponderance of evidence supports a particular conclusion (as in human-effected climate change), can be characterized by…
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