Category Archives: Human Behaviour

How Skeptics Can Break the Cycle of False Beliefs – Scientific American

…we must openly endorse the rights of gays and atheists to be treated equally under the law and why “coming out” helps to break the spiral of silence. Knowledge and communication,  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-skeptics-break-the-cycle-of-false-beliefs/

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Why mythbusting fails: A guide to influencing education with science

“By building on their respective knowledge bases, and treating each other with mutual respect, we can foster the scientific profession of teaching.” What we can learn from science teachers. Continue reading

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Telling children ‘hard work gets you to the top’ is simply a lie

Perversely, class and accents remain an overwhelmingly important way of judging intelligence. In France or Germany, for example, your accent rarely matters. Your vocabulary and conjugation will give much more away, but never your accent… I don’t see this mindset shifting, so my advice to youngsters has remained: you need to adapt yourself. You need to find the right way to speak to different people, at different times in different contexts. Continue reading

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Talking in Euphemisms Chips Away at Your Sense of Morality 

“Indirect speech allows us to feel better about things we should feel badly about. And the better we feel about acting immorally, the easier it becomes to do it again.” Continue reading

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The Frightening Spread of Misinformation

“Between the organic recipes and menacing stock images of syringes and pills, a clear theme emerges: Everything is rigged — by doctors, Big Pharma, Monsanto, the FDA — and the mainstream media isn’t telling us. (Also, there’s usually a link to buy vitamins.)” Continue reading

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How a Pioneer in the Science of Mistakes Ended Up Mistaken

“No one is a natural statistician, he’d argued at the time. Even scientists make mistakes. As usual, when it came to being wrong, Kahneman was right.” Continue reading

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Transforming a war-torn Colombia

“Colombia’s spirit, once buried by war, has risen again. In the last 10 years, international investment is up over 100 percent. Tourism 240 percent. Not long ago, it was too dangerous to go out at night, now clubs in Bogotá are bursting with locals and foreigners. ” Continue reading

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