Truth or Lies: Unwrapping the “Facts” We Encounter

How do we distinguish between reliable data and distortions, half-truths, and outright lies? What steps can we take to better evaluate empirical claims, news, and reports? This course will provide you with a number of tools on how to detect mishandled statistics, graphs and faulty arguments. It also wrestles with the limitations of determining whether something is true or false and we explore how randomness and probability affect our lives. Lastly, this course will give students practical tools on how to organize data and create visual representations of data.