Anthropologist who ❤s Science engagement
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May 5, 2020 • 15 tweets • 4 min read
I want to talk a minute about this piece in @nature encouraging scientists to counter misinformation. While I agree with Tim about the importance of scientists counterbalancing misinfo online fact corrections can backfire if you aren't careful. A thread /1 nature.com/articles/d4158…
Fact corrections can result in a "backfire effect" meaning that instead of accepting & changing their understanding they double-down. It can mean a concept goes from something they think to something they *know*, which is even harder to counter. You don't want this outcome /2
Oct 30, 2018 • 12 tweets • 6 min read
I love that Twitter gives me access to so many wonderful historians, scientists, & scholars. Out of curiosity, I did as suggested and went to read the debates. You can find them here with no password needed: memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lw…
Below are a few excerpts I grabbed /1
Senator Trumball: My own opinion is that all these persons born in the United States and under its authority, owing allegiance to the United States, are citizens without any act of Congress. They are native-born citizens. /2
Aug 9, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
There is some awful pseudo-science about linguistics going around the internet right now. So let's have a little linguistic anthropology 101 thread. I'll start us off but I hope #anthropology twitter will add to this. I'd love to see a good discussion about linguistic anthro!
1. Language actively DOES things in the world. A swing of the bat is either a strike or a ball based not upon what happens (as any fan can tell you) but how the ump calls it. A spoken agreement binds people into sets of obligations. Saying "I love you" changes relationships.