Category Archives: Education

11 Skeptical Reasons to Read Playboy

There used to be an old wives’ tale back in my student days at the University of Leuven’s philosophy department: that we were “allowed” to read the Playboy—as if one would need permission for that. We didn’t read it for … Continue reading

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IMO: Safety

Safety is something that weighs on the minds of most folk, I think it’s safe to say. We worry about many perceived risks and dangers of the world around us. Parents worry about keeping their children safe, people worry about their … Continue reading

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A Passion for Science and Reason

This Monday, well-known science advocates and atheists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss came to Belgium. As far as I know, this was the first time either of them visited the country for a public event. The setting was a screening of a … Continue reading

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Stop Wikipedia Shaming

Wikipedia has gotten a bogeyman reputation for inaccuracy. “I read it on Wikipedia” has become a punchline for obviously incorrect information, and any reference to Wikipedia in an article has a tendency to draw derisive comments that essentially dismiss the … Continue reading

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IMO: What would it take to change your mind?

As critical thinkers and skeptics, it is important that we understand our own beliefs and accepted facts. Take to heart the words of physicist Richard Feynman who observed, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are … Continue reading

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Stop Hating Common Core Math

If you are an international reader, you may not have heard of Common Core, which is purely a “thing” within the U.S. It’s a push to standardize learning levels across the country, and also to introduce new approaches to what … Continue reading

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The Anti-Vaccine Playbook: Freedom of Speech

Writer’s Note: I wanted to write my own collection of nonsense spewed by pseudoscience peddlers. I will be starting with vaccines, but I may expand it into other topics as well at some point. I want to provide short examples … Continue reading

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Do Anecdotes Have A Place In Science?

What’s covered in this blog: Anecdotes are not evidence. Anecdotes are valuable to the scientific process, but they are not conclusions. The number of anecdotes does not matter. They can, at most, serve as a basis for forming a hypothesis … Continue reading

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It’s Quantum Mechanics… Or Something

Scientists get things wrong very often. I, for one, am thankful they do. Being wrong is an opportunity to learn new and interesting things about the world. Or it might simply mean we need to do more work in order to see … Continue reading

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A Quick Example of the Effect of Climate Change

[Writer’s note: Both me and my math checker missed a decimal error – my fear when I wrote this! Thanks to a comment I had to check my calculation again. I will fix the error of inland inundation below.] Because … Continue reading

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