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The Goldilocks zone is real enough, but the Goldilocks number …

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The term “Goldilocks zone” sometimes references Earth’s position, as just right for carbon-based life. The number, as it happens, is a phantom, but a powerful force in shaping opinion nonetheless.

Marvelous fun fromBrooke Gladstone at Slate(May 19, 2011) about the Goldilocks number, 50,000, used in media to gin up scare stories. Here’s an interesting item by the same writer on “objectivity” in journalism.

Now, as I have said for years, there isn’t really any such thing as objectivity in journalism.

One’s bias isn’t a bad thing in principle, it is simply the place one stands when covering a story. One can make allowances for it, to the extent that one recognizes it.

Hat tip: Pos-Darwinista

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