How Cultural Evaluators Filter, Interpret, And Relinquish

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How Cultural-Evaluators Filter, Interpret, and Relinquish The recent World Health Organization IARC press release on the reclassification of red meat and processed meat as cancer risks brought about a small storm of furious and frustrated readers and writers. Many took the report as another piece of evidence buttressing vegetarianism, while some others warned of the ambiguities and limits of the IARC report. The comment sections of various news reports, in particular, contain a varied and oftentimes contradictory set of conclusions somehow derived from the same report, as well as an occasional commenter trying to clarify the original IARC report. A close examination of the commenters on the issue reveals that readers’ acceptance or…show more content…
Perhaps an ambiguity in the evidence’s presentation left it open to interpretation, or perhaps the factions filtered the evidence, weighing some parts more heavily whilst discarding others to better fit their worldview. An example of the former is IARC’s presentation of the percentage by which cancer risk increases as a result of consuming processed meat: Is the 18% additive to the base rate or multiplicative? If it were additive, the IARC report would greatly favor vegetarianism. If it were multiplicative, the IARC report could be more easily dismissed by processed meat consumers. Fortunately, many reporters and statistically-minded readers were quick to pick up on the ambiguity and attempted to clarify the matter, minimizing the damage (BBC News 2015; National Public Radio 2015; O’Connor 2015). Misapprehensions stemming from ambiguity are generally resolved if caught early or prior publication, but exceptions exist, and those should be explored. First, however, consider the latter possibility—that one or both factions filtered the data. Since there is little science publications can do against deliberately distorted reports, the case study will only have to operate under the assumption that the data was filtered non-deliberately, and study the conditions under which individuals are most able to cherry pick the facts and the conditions under which they are least able to. To examine this, the study
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