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David Spiegelhalter: Trust in Numbers

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Trust in Numbers, David Spiegelhalter

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Those who value quantitative and scientific evidence are faced with many current challenges, including claims of a reproducibility crisis in scientific publication, and of a post-truth society abounding in fake news and alternative facts. Both issues are concerned with the appropriate acknowledgement of uncertainty, and both relate to trust in expertise. By considering the 'pipelines' through which scientific and political evidence is propagated, I will consider possible ways of improving both the trustworthiness of the evidence being communicated, and the ability of audiences to assess the quality and reliability of what they are being told.

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