How It Works
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This is a quick rundown of how this website is set up. Hopefully most things are intuitive enough you can dive right in and get to work, but sometimes a deeper understanding can help.

How It Works - Summary

Topics

All claims and pieces of evidence here are broken down into different topics. Searching by topic is the quickest and easiest way to find the information you are looking for.

Evidence

Evidence is the cornerstone of any rational debate, but it comes in so many forms. There are blog posts about news reports about studies, and they each have their own importance. Some purists will say that only peer reviewed studies count as actual evidence, and they are not wrong. However that does not mean that throwing out oodles of links to pubmed.com will convince people. In some situations a single heartfelt story can do more good than a thousand research papers. Here you can look up all of the different types of evidence to find what you want, and on each one there should be a quick rundown of the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Each piece of evidence will have different strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes it will be that there is industry influence, sometimes the author has known biases, sometimes the evidence demonstrates a complete lack of ability to string a coherent sentence together.

Conclusions

Each piece of evidence will have a section titled "Conclusions". This section will go through the conclusions that can be drawn from this evidence and how strong they are. Sometimes the conclusions are demonstrated by evidence, sometimes they make claims without backing, sometimes other people claim the evidence shows something it does not. This section aims to break these different elements down.

Claims

It happens all the time, people who are not experts in the field they're speaking on love to give their advice on how things should happen. Often because they feel that they just intrinsicly know more than people who have spent their entire life looking into something. There is a giant cover up, world wide conspiracies, and so on and so forth. Luckily here's someone who has been on TV a couple of times to tell us what's right!

Each claim will contain an assortment of evidence on the given topic to help us see both sides of the story. Sometimes the evidence is about equal, sometimes the evidence is really nice on one side, and really dodge on the other.

Reports

Reports will give you a summary of all the evidence available for a given topic. It will show all the evidence for it, and all the evidence against it, while colour coding the strengths and weaknesses of each piece of evidence. In most instances this will no doubt result in a wall of green in favour of the scientifically backed topic, and a wall of red against it.

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