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"And the latest study says...

... the exact opposite of what the last study said."

We know that studies can be deceiving, and evidence can be distorted depending on a number of factors. We also frequently seem to see conflicting studies come out, and certain topics are very indecisive in giving us solid answers.

Lets look at a few:

Coffee (good or bad?)
Wine (good or bad?)
Diet (carbs, no carbs, low fat, high fat, etc., etc.)
Causes of cancer (Is it safe to say almost everything?)

We have so many studies coming at us every day, that we either change our daily habits to reflect whatever the latest study happens to tell us, or we begin to become desensitized to warnings. I wish there was a website or organization that could group all of these studies together, and instead of each study trying to carve out a new sensational and marketable angle, they would build upon other studies to develop a more clear and complete picture of issues.

We do not lack information and knowledge, but we do lack organization. There are too many agendas in my opinion, and we need to stop sensationalizing information, especially when it relates to important issues such as health.

I would like to hear your views on this topic.

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    Jun 16 2011: Steve, it looks like one of the most reliable source of information today is Wikipedia - a collaborative effort and I think the articles itself are debated. We can have these or a more thorough version in matters of science and technologies. What are the most reliable source of information today? How can the talks and discussions of Tedsters can be more organized to explain any issue or subject?

    The right and true information is the key to our effectiveness, efficiencies and our happiness - in our personal lives (like good health and nutrition), in our families (like relationships), our community and our nations (like transparency).
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    Jun 19 2011: Why worry about it?

    Surveys are next to useless and statistics are even worse.

    To be considered scientific, you need to isolate in a lab or do it under controlled conditions which instantly renders it irrelevant to real life.

    Like you say, it's about agendas. And if people think 'science' is pure and objective then they are sadly mistaken, naive or both.

    I very much believe that when it comes to 'science', you will eventually find what you are looking for. As I've said before, if science is like digging for answers, the only thing you can guarantee is that the hole will get bigger.

    Any conclusions that you have not drawn yourself should always be taken with a healthy spoonful of skepticism. And forget the 'news' media because that is just a different kind of entertainment.