Episode 12: East Palestine, Ohio and Scientific Uncertainty

What does scientific uncertainty, and communicating about uncertainty, have to do with the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio? A lot.

In today’s episode, I talk about what uncertainty in science is, and why it is important to communicate our uncertainty about science to the public. For me, I cringe at absolutes and certainty. When I hear someone express certainty in a conclusion I want to know how they got that answer. And when public figures who aren’t scientists tell me something with certainty, I want to poke at that and understand their rationale. And you should, too. Today’s episode is all about uncertainty, and poking around for more information.

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