Critical Thinking

Nonfiction Book Review: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake by Steven Novella, with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein. Grand Central, $30 (496p) ISBN 978-1-5387-6051-2

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake<p>Steven Novella, with Bob Novella, Cara Santa …

Book Reviews

The Problem with Psychology

<i>This post is a special post co-authored with Julie Planke and Glenn Geher. It focuses on the nature of the heterodox movement in psychology and</i> …

Psychology

Indicators of news media trust

DETAILED FINDINGS<p>AMERICANS ARE LOSING TRUST IN THE NEWS MEDIA BUT BELIEVE IT CAN BE RESTORED<p>Gallup has documented an erosion of trust in the news …

News Industry

Why the anonymous op-ed sets a dangerous precedent

The New York Times recently published an anonymous op-ed from a “senior official” in the Trump administration. In the op-ed, the unnamed author …

Donald Trump

Tucker Carlson Proves He's Not a White Nationalist By Doubling Down on How Terrible Diversity Is

He wants you to know he's not racist, only the things he says and does and believes are.<p>Tucker Carlson may not be a white nationalist in real life, but he certainly plays one on TV. In August, for example, he parroted a popular (and factually wrong) story about South African farmers that's gone …

Open-Mindedness

Fox News comes up with craziest conspiracy theory yet on the author of the New York Times op-ed

Conspiracy theories have sprung up about the anonymous New York Times op-ed since it was released. Pundits have speculated whether it was someone in …

Donald Trump

Face it, Tucker Carlson: Your anti-diversity segment was racist

Back when Bill O’Reilly held down the pivotal 8 p.m. prime-time slot at Fox News, he’d occasionally make racist or otherwise offensive statements. When a backlash materialized, he’d commonly cite “left-wing zealots” or some such movement. After he was ousted over a sexual-harassment crisis, he …

Opinion

3 Biases That Hijack Performance Reviews, and How to Address Them

When we talk about bias, we often tie it to acts of discrimination or prejudice. But according to cognitive science, everybody, by virtue of having a brain that’s constantly seeking efficiency, is biased in some way — and not all biases make us actively malicious.<p>The key is how we manage our biases.<p>…

Critical Thinking

The problem with Twitter’s efforts to pop our information bubbles

In an interview with the Washington Post last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was experimenting with features that would promote material from opposing political viewpoints on users’ timelines, in an effort to puncture users’ self-curated information bubbles.<p>But research from Duke …

National Academy of Sciences

An In-Depth Exploration Of The Independent Investor Personality

Everyone desires some form of independence in making investment decisions. Independence is accompanied by the urge to practice personal responsibility when investing. While it might seem that independent investors do not seek other people’s advice, they actually do because they exert influence over …

Investing

‘If you think you know everything, you can’t learn anything’

<b>Daniel Levitin:</b><p>It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.<p>You may be familiar with this …

Mark Twain

Critical Reasoning: Conclusion Strengthening Questions | GMAT practice question

Which of the following most logically completes the argument?<p>Newspapers represent one of the major forms of media communications. Like the success of …

Journalism

Anger Exacerbates Political Bias — How This Is Helping Trump

There have been many studies and popular articles about the effect that fear-mongering has on people’s political attitudes since Donald Trump arrived …

Psychology

Are we prepared to solve for algorithmic bias?

Brian Sommer’s opus (see here and here) details problems with recruiting technology and the biases that are endemic among recruiters or rather …

Machine Learning

"The Mystery" of Tucker Carlson

I enjoyed Lyz Lenz's interesting article about Tucker Carlson's alleged descent from reasonable conservative to ranting race warrior.<p>He has a large …

Tucker Carlson

Why Entrepreneurs Should Stay Away From These 12 Biases

Biases may hamper your power of decision making and you may never be able to understand the reason and hence we want to discuss its kinds<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>The human brains …

Entrepreneurship (India)

Aww, What’s the Harm: Conspiracy Theory Edition

I don’t subscribe to the notion that something that does great harm should be tolerated–even encouraged–because of whatever nebulous good it might …

Conspiracies

Twitter’s Flawed Solution to Political Polarization

During his appearance before Congress on Wednesday, Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, repeatedly denied that Twitter’s algorithms are biased against conservative voices. His denials echoed recent statements he has made about the importance of exposing people to opposing political views. …

Social Media

The importance of fact-checking in a post-truth world

Oxford Dictionaries’ International Word of the Year for 2016 was “post-truth,” defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective …

Social Media

Rejecting Pluto's status as a planet was erroneous and incorrect, argue scientists- Technology News, Firstpost

The reason <b>Pluto</b> lost its planet status is not valid and is erroneous, a group of scientists argued, challenging previously held theories.<p>A team led …

Solar System

The Case for Confronting Sabermetric Skeptics | The Hardball Times

R.A. Dickey has benefited from the pitcher wins stat. (via Keith Allison)<p>The Internet is one of society’s greatest achievements. It’s right up there …

Sports Analytics

GUEST COLUMN: Stifling debate — Canadian universities in need of dire reform

<b>BY KIERAN MOLONEY</b>As I prepare myself for another year at university, working towards a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, I am met with a …

Social Sciences

A Theory of Rational Attitude Polarization

42 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2016<p>London Business School - Department of Economics<p>University of Montevideo - Department of Economics<p>Date Written: March 24, …

London Business School

Critical Reasoning Questions: Overview | GMAT practice question

Is the following statement TRUE or FALSE?<p><i>The recommended work order in Critical Reasoning questions may seem counter-intuitive, but following it will</i> …

Literacy

In His Latest Hate-Filled Rant, Tucker Carlson Attacked the Idea of Diversity

It's not the first time the Fox News host has used white nationalist talking points.<p>"Diversity" is second only to “tolerance” as the most palatable and completely un-radical social justice goal. It literally just means sharing space—a school, a workplace, a nation—with people who are in some way …

Tucker Carlson

12 Common Biases that Affect How We Make Everyday Decisions

Though the concept of <i>illusory superiority</i> arguably dates back to Confucius and Socrates, it may come as a shock that its discussion labelled under …

Psychology

Are We Setting a Generation Up for Failure? Part II

Jonathan Haidt on what happens when today’s youth show up at college.<p>What is happening at American universities? Jonathan Haidt, moral psychologist …

Higher Education

Here’s the conversation we really need to have about bias at Google

Let’s get this out of the way first: There is no basis for the charge that President Trump leveled against Google last week — that the search engine, …

University of Maryland

The rhetorical tactic you should steal from Brett Kavanaugh

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is in the hot seat. He is in the midst of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, days of incessant grilling from senators on practically every major issue in American law and politics.<p>Is he sweating? Surely.<p>However, the federal judge also has …

Brett Kavanaugh

Opinion: A Linguist's Defense Of 'Falsehood'

In his essay "On Liars," philosopher Michel de Montaigne famously wrote that the truth has a single face, while its opposite has "a hundred thousand faces."<p>That disproportion is reflected in the English dictionary. We have only a handful of words to describe statements that correspond to reality, …

Fake News