Practice humility

Be careful not to overstretch the limits when interpreting your data. There are many truths in this world, and no single set of factors can explain everything. Furthermore, whether we choose to consciously acknowledge the fact or not, every one of us is the product of our social and personal beliefs. As Davis (2005) notes, "Individual and cultural prejudices have troubled scientific research and reporting for centuries, and we are not without prejudices today."

Be respectful of others' opinions, even when you do not agree with them. Always remember that any single set of factors can be interpreted in a variety of ways. As a practical example, do not use the word "fact" to refer to what is actually a matter of judgment or opinion.

Arrogant and possibly false: It is a fact that human exploitation has been the major cause of habitat degradation since the birth of the Roman Empire.

Better: Based on our research, we believe that human exploitation has been a major cause of habitat degradation since the birth of the Roman Empire.

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