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The 10 mistakes we all make when interpreting research

The 10 mistakes we all make when interpreting research

Relatively Interesting January 17, 2017 0

What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Understanding what’s being said in any new research can be challenging and there are some common mistakes

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The Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies:  A Venn Diagram

The Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies: A Venn Diagram

Relatively Interesting October 19, 2016 0

The Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies was created in 2012 by Franklin Veaux.  In it, Veaux uses a Venn diagram to demonstrate roughly 40 overlapping logical fallacies, argumentative errors, and cognitive biases. Where might such

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The Cognitive Bias Codex:  A cheat sheet for rational decision making

The Cognitive Bias Codex: A cheat sheet for rational decision making

Relatively Interesting September 26, 2016 1

Cognitive biases describe the built-in thinking errors that humans make when processing information.  There are 175 listed on the “List of Cognitive Biases” page in Wikipedia.  These range from the popular Confirmation Bias to the Forer Effect

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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 Legend of El Dorado and the Lost City of Gold

The Legend of El Dorado and the Lost City of Gold

Relatively Interesting August 31, 2016 0

The legend of El Dorado, the lost city of gold, has its roots in the 16th Century. European discoverers believed that there was a city made completely of gold that existed somewhere in the

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38 Ways to Win an Argument:  The Art of Being Right

38 Ways to Win an Argument: The Art of Being Right

Relatively Interesting July 8, 2016 0

Ah, Internet comments.  There simply is no better place where ego and anonymity collides with logic and reason.  Comments on blogs can produce some of the most vile rhetoric ever spewed by humans.  In

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Logical Fallacies in the Lab

Logical Fallacies in the Lab

Relatively Interesting June 27, 2016 0

Errors in reasoning aren’t limited to just us regular folk.  Even highly educated scientists – who are taught how to think and are taught how to follow the scientific method – are not immune to committing logical fallacies.

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The Mistrust of Science

The Mistrust of Science

Relatively Interesting June 14, 2016 1

The following was delivered as the commencement address at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th, by Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public-health researcher, who became a New Yorker staff writer in 1998.  In it,

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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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24 Logical Fallacies You Should Understand and Avoid

24 Logical Fallacies You Should Understand and Avoid

Relatively Interesting June 12, 2016 1

A logical fallacy is a error in reasoning due to a misconception or presumption, which makes the argument invalid. If, for example, the assumptions of an argument are true, the argument can still be rendered

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