Fighting fake science: the key role of scientists

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Bojana Obradović
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7276-0442
Ana Barcus

Abstract

Along with benefits that the Information Age has brought to the society, it has also proved to be an effective platform for spreading false information, referred to as ‘fake news’ and ‘fake science’. The problem with unverified theories falsely presented as scientific is that readership believes them to be true, which can produce harmful effects at all societal levels. The scientists and societies in which they operate, have mutual responsibility to instigate and cultivate the scientific method and critical inquiry. To combat the spread and adoption of false truths, scientists must take a more prominent role by upholding the highest scientific ethics, continuously educating their communities, and engaging in public debate. By sharing the scientific method with the whole society and actively contributing to enhancement of critical thinking abilities, the scientist could help advance skills for evaluation and analysis of presented information across wider population, and weaken the negative impact of ‘fake science’.

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