Critical Thinking

Why Bother Studying History?

As a History teacher, it will come as no surprise that I think that studying the past is one of the most enjoyable things we can do. However, I …

Eiffel Tower

Neil Ty, The Scientism Guy

Neil deGrasse Tyson has released a new video aimed at a what he sees as a growing anti-intellectualism problem in the United States. It was released …

Scientific Method

Decision 34-3/10: Limitations on Use of Video Evidence

2. <b>When a Player has Made a Reasonable Judgment.</b> Players are often required to determine a spot, point, position, line, area, distance or other …

Golf

How Statistics Should Shape the Courtroom

Daniel J. Denis, The Conversation<br>The probabilistic revolution first kicked off in the 1600s, when gamblers realized that estimating the likelihood of …

Data Science

In Elementary School Science, What's at Stake When We Call an 'Argument' an 'Opinion'?

« 8th Graders' Arts Scores Hold Steady on Latest National Assessment | Main<p>As more teachers are using both the Common Core State Standards and the …

Education

When the interests of certain people aren't aligned with the organization's, they look out for themselves. Few companies realize that this problem combines with cognitive biases to form far-reaching patterns of distortion and deception.

McKinsey Classics | April 2017<p>Chief executives must often base big decisions on trust in other executives, but when the interests of certain people …

Thought Leadership

Why are we reluctant to trust robots?

Psychology research shows people mistrust those who make moral decisions by calculating costs and benefits – like computers do<p>Technologies built on artificial intelligence are revolutionising human life. As these machines become increasingly integrated in our daily lives, the decisions they face …

Psychology

Science Has Outgrown the Human Mind and Its Limited Capacities

<i>The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and</i> …

Research

How Science Sorts Fact From Alternative Fact

<i>You have the facts; now share them</i>, reads an advertisement urging me to buy a gift subscription to Scientific American. Perhaps we’re seeing a backlash against Kellyanne Conway’s infamous “alternative facts,” or a response to fears that the U.S. has entered a post-truth era. One way or another, …

Science

Spread your hate elsewhere: in defense of student protesters of alt-right speakers

Over the past few weeks, there have been two major controversies regarding far-right speakers and their potential to speak at universities. Richard …

Racism

People Suck At Decision Making – Corsair’s Business

Why & What To Do About It<p>Great decision making is not a binary concept. It is not just about making the right decision (assuming there even is one). …

Mental Model: Hanlon’s Razor

If you ever feel that the world is against you, you are not alone.<p>We all have a tendency to assume that when anything goes wrong, the fault lies …

Psychology

Holocaust: The careless anti-Semitism of morally-incoherent educators

Dr. Richard L. Cravatts<p>The writer is the president emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and was formerly professor at Simmons U. He …

Anti-Semitism

Where Oh Where Have The Critical Thinkers Gone?

I am writing to refute this weekend's most popular WSJ article: Brick and Mortar Stores are Shuttering At Record Pace.<p>I would argue that the WSJ's …

Brick And Mortar

Everything Bends: When Life Defies Our Way of Thinking

We live in a world of digital bits, bytes, and on/off switches. If it just stopped there, we would be okay, but it doesn’t. We project that kind of thinking onto our world views of everything from politics to baking to morality. Oh, if only life were so simple.<p>The truth is that life is not about …

Spirituality

Making Your Customers And Prospects Uncomfortable. Does It Really Work?

I spotted them hanging out right in front of the school. My first thought was to avoid them. They’re friends of my wife. I knew they would say hello …

Selling

Teach creationism or evolution in Texas science texts? | Letters to the Editor

<b>Accept science on faith?</b><p>Re: "'Evaluate' called code for creationism -- Evolution backers, opponents testify on science curriculum," Wednesday Metro & …

Evolution

Why we need agenda-free science more than ever

<i>Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, a Trudeau Fellow and author of</i> Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash<p>We need more science. We need better science. We need trustworthy science. We need …

Science

Zinn is ‘In’ Again

By: Pat PetersThe latest controversy over Howard Zinn’s <i>A People’s History of the United States,</i> brought on by proposed legislation from Arkansas …

Children's Books

In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism

If you were a kid with a television in the mid-1990s, or you were raising one, Bill Nye probably needs no introduction. A theme song should do it. That's because <i>Bill Nye the Science Guy</i> was appointment-viewing for kids back then — the highlight of science class for grade school students.<p>Since his …

Bill Nye

Warren Buffett's Best-Kept Secret to Achieving Massive Success: Critical Thinking

Critical thinking skills are essential to success — any kind of success. Successful individuals are thinkers and they surround <i>themselves</i> with …

Product Management

Neil deGrasse Tyson just issued a chilling warning about Donald Trump

One of America’s most influential and popular scientists has issued a stark warning over what he termed the Trump administration’s rejection of …

Climate Change

Facts Are Not Always More Important Than Opinions: Here’s Why

Which is more important, a fact or an opinion on any given subject? It might be tempting to say the fact. But not so fast…<p>Lately, we find ourselves …

Isaac Asimov

The 'March For Science' Shows How Carl Sagan Ruined Science

I am a Carl Sagan fan from way back. His 1980 TV miniseries “Cosmos” hit me at just the right age and inflamed a lifelong love of science. But we’ve …

March for Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson Drops the Mic on the Problem of Science Denial in America

We live in a time of bizarrely prevalent denial of objective truth, and nowhere is that more easily visible than in the world of science. That’s bad …

WATCH: Neil Degrasse Tyson Releases 'Most Important Words I Have Ever Spoken.' Here's Where He's Wrong.

On Wednesday, Neil Degrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who spends his day tweeting inane stupidities when he’s not expressing Deep Thoughts™ about the …

Climate Change

Bill Nye's Back to Save the World

NEW YORK — Science superhero Bill Nye plans to save the world by cultivating a superpower that exists in everyone: critical thinking.<p>"We want you to …

Bill Nye

Purple Haze: Losing $10 leads to a psychologically distressing time

I lost a $10 bill at the grocery store. I stuffed the bill in my pocket at the till but the slippery plastic rascal must have weaselled its way out. …

Canadian News

A college president and scientist explains why he is participating in the March for Science (essay)

There's a scene in <i>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</i> that I always enjoyed.A mob brings a woman before Sir Bedevere the Wise, claiming that she is a …

Science

Climate Catastrophe Is a Choice

Oren Cass argues that the worrying predictions of mainstream climate science are overblown (“The Problem With Climate Catastrophizing,” March 21). …

Climate Change