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Critical Thinking For Life:  A Review of Total Motivation Math and Reading Resources

Critical Thinking For Life: A Review of Total Motivation Math and Reading Resources

Relatively Interesting July 20, 2015 1

Critical thinking is a form of thinking that is disciplined, clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.  It is the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to

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Clearing up confusion between correlation and causation

Clearing up confusion between correlation and causation

Relatively Interesting April 2, 2015 0

Jonathan Borwein (Jon), University of Newcastle and Michael Rose, University of Newcastle UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Today we look

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Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement

Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement

Relatively Interesting January 11, 2015 0

Paul Graham, a programmer, essayist, and venture capitalist, proposed a “disagreement hierarchy” in a 2008 essay entitled, “How to Disagree”, placing different kinds of argument into a seven-point hierarchy and observing that, “If moving up

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Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies Explained

Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies Explained

Relatively Interesting October 17, 2014 1

A logical fallacy is a error in reasoning due to a misconception or presumption. If the assumptions of an argument are true, the argument can still be rendered invalid if the logic used to come

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Does brain training actually work?

Does brain training actually work?

Relatively Interesting May 12, 2014 1

We’ve all seen the commercials… Play for only minutes a day and train your brain online or on your mobile device and you’ll become sharper, smarter, and altogether happier. Lumosity, Fit Brains, Brain Age, Brain Challenge,

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7 Ways to Identify Pseudoscience

7 Ways to Identify Pseudoscience

Relatively Interesting May 2, 2014 0

How can you tell if a something qualifies as science or if it falls into the realm of pseudoscience? It’s not always easy.  Clever marketers have found ways to pass off shady work as legitimate,

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Exposing the Nature of Reality:  The Blocks Illusion

Exposing the Nature of Reality: The Blocks Illusion

Relatively Interesting April 11, 2014 0

Albert Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” He was certainly on to something. How do we know if what we experience in the world is “true“? One person’s

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12 Hacks to Help You Spot Bad Science

12 Hacks to Help You Spot Bad Science

Relatively Interesting April 5, 2014 0

In the media saturated world that we live in today, how can you tell if what you’re reading or seeing is good science or bad science? The vast majority of people will get their

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The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Relatively Interesting December 18, 2013 1

Shared amongst the Skeptical Community, the Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense, courtesy of The Reason Stick, combines the irrational sets of religion, quackery, pseudoscience, and the paranormal to yield…. Scientology. It’s a great Venn

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Why do people see ghosts, gods, aliens, angels, and demons?

Why do people see ghosts, gods, aliens, angels, and demons?

Relatively Interesting November 25, 2013 1

Why is it that people believe weird things? 500 years ago, demons haunted our world, and incubi and succubi tormented their victims as they lay asleep in their beds. 200 years ago, spirits of

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