Tag Archives: education

Don’t Feed the Trolls?

Why did that poster deserve a cogent reply? Here’s the context: I’d written about “birth certificate bonds,” and someone had come along to attempt a rebuttal that essentially started with “wake up, sheeple” and ended with “you are all fools.” … Continue reading

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Can You Lose 5kg in Three Days With This One Weird Trick?

So many of my article ideas come from social media. “You Can Lose Up To 5 Kg in 3 Days With Potatoes & Yogurt!” the headline on the shared post declared. Well, naturally that got my attention. I write a … Continue reading

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I Got Trolled by My First Anti-Vaxxer!

Recently, I logged onto Facebook and found the following article in my feed: I was in a bit of a sour mood at that moment, so when I hit the share button I wrote a vitriol-filled post to accompany it. To … Continue reading

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Your Birth Certificate Is Not a Bond. Really.

If you’re like most people, you read that title and scratched your head in confusion. “Rich,” you may have said, “what on earth are you talking about? Of course my birth certificate isn’t a bond. It’s a birth certificate.” And now you’re … Continue reading

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Shaving with Occam’s Razor

I was on Twitter on Christmas Eve, wasting time that should have been spent working out what my very first blog post should be, when I saw the following tweet: sorry to bother you @BrianDunning -& plz forgive me if … Continue reading

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Joint Pain: Scams, Lies, and Exaggerations, Part 2

As an orthopedic nurse practitioner I see a constant stream of joint pain complaints. They stem from a variety of sources: injury, age-related changes, lifestyle issues, and autoimmune disorders. Patients will often Google their problems and/or their symptoms, and like most medical … Continue reading

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Was There a Ghost at Pocatello High School?

A video posted on December 19th of last year has been reported by several news outlets to show a ghost at Idaho’s Pocatello High School. Some of the most entertaining reports come from the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, and Q13, Seattle’s local … 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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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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Origins the Series

My brother Abe sends me a lot of cool videos and articles about science: recent research, new inventions, educational materials, or the work of grad students who are sharing presentations of their findings on YouTube. This week he sent me this great video series, … Continue reading

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