I'd like to continue our conversation from last week (you remember--the debate about the origins of Earl Grey tea).
Let's do a small investigation on another topic that will shed some light on finding credible stories.
Recently, there’s been much todo in the blogosphere (and in the press) about a remarkable image on a set of fly wings on a fly with extraordinary eyes.
See for example, this blog post on Why Evolution is True. In that post, this image appears:
|Link from Why Evolution is True blog.|
The press buzz about this image is that it's remarkable: How could a fly have evolved to have TWO images of other insects on its wings.
Our SearchResearch questions for today:
1. Do you believe that these are images of insects on the wings of this fly? (Yes or no.)
2. WHY do you believe whatever-it-is-you-believe about this? Can you give evidence for your belief about this?
Just to be clear, I'm NOT making a statement here about evolution, or even about flies. I'm hoping that we'll have a discussion about what causes you--when you read something, or see an odd picture--pull up and say "Hey.. wait a second. Let me look into that a bit more."
In essence, I'm hoping this will prompt a discussion about (A) how you know when you should go digging around in background information to check on things, and (B) how do you go about trying to do that digging?
So, when you write in, tell us WHAT YOU DID to find evidence for your belief about these fancy fly wings. What did you search on? How did you evaluate what you found?
See you in the discussion forum below!
Search on! (Skeptically!)