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The Logical Fallacies Collection:  Or 30 ways to lose an argument

The Logical Fallacies Collection: Or 30 ways to lose an argument

Relatively Interesting September 23, 2016 1

Looking for a way to lose your next argument?  Use one of the logical fallacies listed below.  From Ad Hominems and Anecdotes to the Straw Man and Tu Quoque, you’ll find a description and example

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The Disappearing Dot Illusion:  We bet you can’t see all 12 at once

The Disappearing Dot Illusion: We bet you can’t see all 12 at once

Relatively Interesting September 12, 2016 0

The Disappearing Dots Illusion is making the Internet insane.  There are 12 black dots at the intersections in the image below, but we bet that your brain won’t let you see them all at once.

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The positive effects of gaming on the brain

The positive effects of gaming on the brain

Relatively Interesting August 5, 2016 0

People like to play games as a way to entertain themselves and pass the time. What some people may not be aware of, though, is that certain aspects of games can have a positive

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Personal beliefs VS scientific innovation: getting past a flat Earth mentality

Personal beliefs VS scientific innovation: getting past a flat Earth mentality

Relatively Interesting June 14, 2016 3

Personal beliefs versus scientific innovation: getting past a flat Earth mentality Igor Juricevic, Indiana University South Bend The history of science is also a history of people resisting new discoveries that conflict with conventional

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The Science of Online Dating

The Science of Online Dating

Relatively Interesting May 20, 2016 0

One of the features of science is that it tries to explain the natural world around us. “Love” – one of the most powerful of human emotions- is no exception. It might also come with the

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10 Cognitive Biases that Affect Your Everyday Decisions

10 Cognitive Biases that Affect Your Everyday Decisions

Relatively Interesting April 26, 2016 0

We make countless decisions every day. Some may be life changing, while others are so trivial we’re not even aware they’re taking place.  In scenarios we haven’t faced before, pre-existing biases – formed based

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Has NASA’s Curiosity Rover found photo evidence of life on Mars?

Has NASA’s Curiosity Rover found photo evidence of life on Mars?

Relatively Interesting April 22, 2016 1

Since it’s dramatic landing on August 6th, 2012, NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has been sending back incredible images back to Earth.  Conspiracy theorists have been trawling through the publicly accessible photos taken by Curiosity

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50 of the most misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused terms in psychology

50 of the most misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused terms in psychology

Relatively Interesting April 14, 2016 0

The goal of this article is to promote clear thinking and clear writing among students and teachers of psychological science by curbing terminological misinformation and confusion. To this end, we present a provisional list

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A visual guide to Cognitive Biases

A visual guide to Cognitive Biases

Relatively Interesting March 30, 2016 0

Cognitive biases are psychological tendencies that cause the human brain to draw incorrect conclusions.  Such biases are thought to be a form of “cognitive shortcut”, often based on rules of thumb, and include errors

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Optical Illusions: Why seeing Isn’t Always Believing

Optical Illusions: Why seeing Isn’t Always Believing

Relatively Interesting February 10, 2016 0

We all like to think we can trust our own eyes. But if you’ve ever experienced an optical illusion, you know sometimes things aren’t always as they appear. Take this image, for example: Source:

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