Make science-based decisions part of our DNA

In an age of fake news, it is more important than ever to get the facts right and embrace evidence-based decision-making. Prof Ho Teck Hua, Senior Deputy President and Provost of NUS said that Science promotes curiosity and logical thinking, and having an open, scientific mind is essential to living in a digital world. He noted that important concepts such as hypothesis testing, which is the cornerstone of science, can be applied to everyday life. Prof Ho added that we are constantly bombarded and overloaded with different kinds of information, the scientific approach of collecting data from multiple sources, verifying the information and drawing evidence-based conclusions will therefore help us to make decisions wisely. Prof Ho also suggested that Singapore could identify national challenges where scientists can play a critical role in finding solutions, in this way, the general public can then begin to appreciate the roles science and scientists play in daily life.