Opinions have reasons, not all reasons are equal

February 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

The news media continues to report stories about potential health risks from the radio frequency emissions of smart meters — even though such risks remain unproven after intense studyand scrutiny. There also have been many news stories aboutcustomers who want to opt out of smart meter programs — even though fewer than one in 1,000 customers has elected to do so.

This got me wondering: What makes a story important enough to be in the news, and how should we consider these reports? Whose opinions really matter?

The January issue of Miller-McCune Magazine — a nonpartisan, thoughtful publication for business and policy leaders which I’ll often skim during long overseas flights — reports on a successful effort to teach critical thinking to sixth graders. No debate: Kids can learn by arguing describes the work of Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Columbia University.

Full post: Opinions have reasons, and some reasons are better than others

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