Question 2: One way to pick out unreliable media is to investigate their sources – for example, if a scientific study or research program is cited, it is important to investigate whether the funding comes from an interested or disinterested party. Which of the following would a good critical thinker accept as a legitimate (i.e. disinterested) source for scientific claims?
a. A researcher funded by a political action committee
b. A researcher who is funded by a faith-based group
c. A researcher funded by a government grant
d. Any of the above if the study initially appears to be legitimate
Question 3: Of the four possibilities below, which contains a source who may be considered a reliable expert on the provided issue?
a. An economist claiming that access to education can influence economic stability.
b. A father of four claiming that children perform better in school if they eat breakfast.
c. A politician claiming that women do not need regular gynecological exams.
d. A Nobel Prize winning physicist claiming that climate change is pseudoscience.