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- A nice Philosophy of Mind summary
- The power of categorical logic
- What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?
- Paralympic athletes faster than olympic athletes — what does this tell us about difference?
- Logic: if + then = why? How can we understand the power of logic?
- How do we ensure we are exposed to new ideas? A parody with bite.
- A Life of Meaning (Reason Not Required) – What is the nature of our relationship with reason?
- Can you name this cognitive bias?
- By what measures can we value human life?
- Teaching philosophy improves standardised scores
- Are we in control of our own decisions?
- Neuroscience and education: myths and messages
- Free will is not as free as we think – and that’s ok.
- Where’s the Proof in Pseudoscience?
- Science in the lead?
- When media become dispensers of justice
- Free Will and the Mob
- Monty Python - 'We found a witch!' scene from The Holy Grail
- Scientists and Global Warming (Does the analogy hold?)
- Science and Truth
- 1,500 Animal Species Practice Homosexuality
- The Ethics of Robot Cars
- The quest for Renassaince Man
- Zen in the modern age
- Casting the profiling net
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- Will America Choose King’s Dream or Trump’s Nightmare?
- Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous.
- Can We Learn to Believe in God?
- Waking Up to the Gift of ‘Aliveness’
- Gratitude: In Sickness and Health
- For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury’
- In Dark Times, ‘Dirty Hands’ Can Still Do Good
- Drawing a Line in the ‘Gay Wedding Cake’ Case
- The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid
- An Open Letter of Love to Kim Jong-un
- Anchors Aweigh: Universities and local industrial strategies
- The Non Sense of Work Life Balance
- The rights of people with a disability are being ignored – what can we do?
- Bringing classical music to a new audience
- The power of creative thinking
- Regulation of AI: Not if but when and how
- Norwich’s coffee house challenge
- 21st Century Coffeehouse
- The Emotional Hedge
- Dignity, resilience, vision: the value in creative practice
- Okay, So Some Dogs Eat Poop
- Illusions from the National Archives in New York City
- 5 Body Hacks to Instantly Calm Overwhelming Emotion
- Trump's "Fake News Awards" Are Both Absurd and Dangerous
- Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders
- The Brain's Marauder's Map
- Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?
- Darker Skies, Darker Behaviors
- Experimental Huntington's Therapy Shows Promise in a Small Trial
- The Prevalence of Autism in the U.S. Appears Steady
- What comes after tragedy? Forgiveness | Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix
- Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade
- See how the rest of the world lives, organized by income | Anna Rosling Rönnlund
- American bipartisan politics can be saved -- here's how | Bob Inglis
- The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care | Scott Williams
- Talk about your death while you're still healthy | Michelle Knox
- The search for "aha!" moments | Matt Goldman
- How to put the power of law in people's hands | Vivek Maru
- A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier
- Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | Marily Oppezzo
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Category Archives: Resources
Via Embiggen Books In this excellent talk given by Peter Ellerton (winner of the 2008 Australian Skeptics prize for Critical Thinking) on the Climate Change debate, the viewer is encouraged to examine the way in which the debate is being … Continue reading
Chimpanzees Should Not Be Used in TV or Movies (via Scientific American) Does the use of chimps in movies distort the conservation message? By Jason G. Goldman | October 12, 2011 | 3 Lots of people mistake bonobos for chimpanzees, despite the fact that they’re really … Continue reading
Another brilliant Dilbert
Excellent intellectual exercise
Well worth reading the whole lot. The language is absolute nonsense. “By strengthening the body’s own natural energy and innate intelligence, the QLink allows it to recognise and differentiate between which external energies are healthy, and which are not. The … Continue reading
Via MICHAEL P. LYNCH NYTimes The Stone Rick Perry’s recent vocal dismissals of evolution, and his confident assertion that “God is how we got here” reflect an obvious divide in our culture. In one sense, that divide is just over the … Continue reading
An interesting take on the subject by QualiaSoup…
Great paper on Reasoning Why Do Humans Reason? (pdf) Abstract and authors below… Abstract: Reasoning is generally seen as a means to improve knowledge and make better decisions. However, much evidence shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor … Continue reading
A nice overview from Douglas W. Portmore Tips on writing a philosophy paper (pdf) The full text is below…
Faster-than-light neutrinos show science in action Making a very good point about when to believe evidence. via Scientific American Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’ve probably heard about the neutrinos that … Continue reading
Young children think like researchers but lose the feel for the scientific method as they age via Scientific American If your brownies came out too crispy on top but undercooked in the center, it would make sense … Continue reading
A useful handout that talks about reading, writing and thinking critically with examples of how to achieve this. via http://sydney.edu.au/stuserv/documents/learning_centre/critical.pdf Critical Thinking Skills (pdf)
Another excellent video from RSA Animate http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/videos/
This ebook is widely available for download on the web. I got it here www.axzopress.com/downloads/pdf/1560526483pv.pdf Critical thinking introduction (pdf) A good resource for referencing what we mean by critical thinking.
From www.dilbert.com of course…
Why subjective anecdotes often trump objective data By Michael Shermer | July 25, 2008 | 27 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-anecdotal-evidence-can-undermine-scientific-results The recent medical controversy over whether vaccinations cause autism reveals a habit of human cognition—thinking anecdotally comes naturally, whereas thinking scientifically does not.