Day By Day

Monday, June 11, 2012

Scientific Hype

Rosemary Joyce, anthropology professor at Berkeley, writes about how journalistic imperatives shape the reporting of archaeological discoveries, transforming good science into bad archaeology. Read her piece here.

It's a real problem in the field of archaeology which is often portrayed as a global treasure hunt rather than a serious attempt to understand the dynamics shaping human cultures. And the problem is not confined to archaeology -- it exists in all fields, particularly environmental and medical science. When it comes to science, don't take as truth what you read in the papers, or see on the boob tube.

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