The Facts of Fearbola

October 20, 2014 10:15 PM

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When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea would not be part of my trip from PHL to LAX. I also took it as a reminder that the Ebola irrationality I've slammed in others is not as foreign to me as I'd like to believe.

I'd been in Philadelphia for a conference on science communication. Scientists, social scientists, doctors, journalists and kindred spirits had come together to examine how facts make their way, or don't, to policy makers and to the public.

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