Category Archives: Activities to do with Children

How To Tell What is True by Evaluating DATA

In our series on how to tell what is true, after suggesting you get numbers, now let’s consider how to evaluate the data. Is this good data? What does it mean? Can you even tell? Another way to tell if a claim is true, is to drill down to see how good the data is.  For that, you have to know how the data was collected, how the data was analyzed, and how the data was presented. All these are the steps in the scientific method.


People like to say “figures don’t lie; but liars figure.”  Well, that is true. Here are a few simple steps to see how good the data is. And to see if what you have is actually science or nonsense.

How needed this is! I just saw a sign that said “science is real.”  But, the trouble is, people who put those signs in their yards typically are arguing for things that are NOT scientific. “Kindness is everything,” they say, supporting chaotic, illegal violence. And even yet, the worse possible, outed liars are still making bold to say THEY are the ones restraining dis-information. Notice “dis-information.”  Remember, check definitions. “Misinformation” is mistaken and wrong. “Dis-information” is propaganda injected by a foreign power. Do you know what “projection” means in Psychology? LOL


Okay, look, we all need to know who to sort out truth from falsehood, fact from lies, and science from nonsense. Our children must be taught how to do it. None have more trouble than those who are struggling with what is often call “learning disabilities.”

Please share this episode. Maybe it is not a funny or as sensational as some other listening options. However, few are as useful. Or timely.


Viva Frei on Fake News — reasons through how a “fact checker” actually spun or mis-construed a scientific claim. Well worth watching. Also see other episodes for examples of legal reasoning.

Dr. Lee Merritt with Dr. Poornima Wagh Virology is Nonsense

Example of a site that has academic type articles that might not be published in the better known peer reviewed journals. Here is an article from Africa.

MacAlvany Weekly Commentary 22-08-17 The Everything Rally

7 Tips for Listening and Evaluating What People are Saying to You

How to tell what is true. How to sort truth from falsehood. How to not get snookered. How to no get your thinking hijacked. That is what we have been talking about. Clearly these are the most important lessons to give your child and yourself in these days. Today 7 clear tips for listening to what comes to you, for evaluating what people say to you, and thus to figure out was is true. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t be tricked. Don’t be snookered.

Are you glued to the news?  Why? Because someone is lying. And getting away with it.

Today, we have 7 specific, practical, definite, tips to listening to what people are saying to you. Do you evaluate their claims in real time? Can you spot immediately when someone is “taking you for a ride” emotionally or intellectually? Most do not. Most can not. And young people with learning “disabilities” are the most vulnerable.

To catch up on our series, you might want to start with : How to Tell What is True. This is something you want to teach your children.

Then, you might want to go to the one where I talk about using math, or statistics.

Principles to Help You Find the Truth

I give you 7 meta-principles to help you sort out what is true and what is not. Think through this. Practice it. Teach it to your children.  Make it first nature. It is important.

You might want to hear our first episode on this topic of tips to find truth.

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