Is Scientific American a Trustworthy Periodical?

Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous, Sept 14, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If Scientific American is publishing really low-quality articles on things we know about, asks the author, how trustworthy is its reporting on other subjects. And 'low-quality' isn't really a judgement call here: " imagine an article on football in which the author uses “touchdown” to refer to a kind of tackle, or wonders how a “field goal” is possible since the crossbar of the goal is not on the field but 10 feet above it, and you’ll get the idea of what has been going on." I don't tknow how (or whether it's even relevant) to judge Scientific American as a whole. Each article anywhere has to be taken on its own merits, and while it's a lot more difficult than just trusting a name brand, it's also safer.

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