Neuro-Journalism Mill

The Neuro-Journalism Mill is a website (with a slightly different organization than your average blag) which is dedicated to sorting good journalism from bad, where the brain is concerned. The former is labeled wheat, while the latter is sorted into the chaff. The Mill carries the sponsorship of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, which seems to have a brain-heavy focus, naturally making me wonder if there are analogous places one could get paid to critique the journalism of physics. (Perhaps the JSMF would give me money for writing about “complex systems”?)

Questions of my own financial gain aside, I’m glad to see people providing this kind of critique. Getting anybody to listen is, of course, the next step, and given the stakes involved, it’s a step we should devote serious effort to taking. I’ve opined before — and I’m not the only one — that our advancing knowledge of the brain will become an increasingly hostile front in the struggle against anti-science. What is happening with evolution today will happen with cognitive science in ten years, and so learning how the people are informed — and, often, misinformed — is vitally important.

(Link via Mind Hacks and Brain Waves.)

2 thoughts on “Neuro-Journalism Mill”

  1. I’ve searched for nearly a year for a sponsor for my blog, which also critiques science and journalism on issues of health, food and weight, and tries to give readers skills in critical thinking and basic understandings of the scientific process, and cut through bad science to help people understand what is credible versus what is marketing. This is such critically important work but the truth isn’t what sells. If anyone knows of an organization interested in supporting quality writing and research, I’d love to hear about it. It’s a full-time job to research and do quality writing, but I’ve been starved out and run out of personal funds and had no choice but to put my blog aside and take a job simply to survive. From those in the scientific and medical community also working to get out the truth and cut through the marketing and utter junk science out there, I hear the same adage repeated time and again: the truth is starved out. That’s been the case for me.

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