Researchers ask: Why do people think total nonsense is really deep?

Someone has finally asked the question! There's no clear answer yet (despite Wonkblog's headline "Why people think total nonsense is really deep"), but researchers at the University of Waterloo have done some serious studies into 'BS Receptivity.' In a sequence of tests, participants were asked to rank the profundity of various statements. Some sentences were randomly created by two [...]

By |2016-12-01T22:00:38-04:00December 4, 2015|Musings, Science|0 Comments

Past Predictions about Today’s Education

"What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like," today's Wonkblog at the Washington Post, highlights a series of French paintings from around 1900, collectively titled, "France in the Year 2000." Looking back at past predictions is always fascinating. So many ideas centered on machinery for communication, transportation and basic household chores. (Even The Jetsons had FaceTime and Roomba [...]

By |2016-12-01T22:00:39-04:00October 4, 2015|Musings, Science|0 Comments

Unfortunate Pseudoscience: Part III

This is Your Brain on Placebos It seems the Brits are way ahead of us. At least there’s an effort in the U.K. to disabuse educators of what are now called “Neuromyths.” As I’ve mentioned, some citizens across the pond were aghast not only at BrainGym itself, but also at the amount of taxpayer money [...]

By |2018-06-18T14:14:00-04:00January 25, 2014|Musings|1 Comment

Unfortunate Pseudoscience: Part II

BrainGym® - Success without Science! Sorry, believers. I apologize in advance, because I know that people who are sold on BrainGym® can become quite upset when it’s criticized. After all, it works! And there’s research! But what is really working? We don’t know, because there is no peer-reviewed scientific research supporting the theories. Founder Paul [...]

By |2016-12-01T22:00:43-04:00October 26, 2013|Musings|0 Comments

Unfortunate Pseudoscience – Part I

It’s bad enough when silly ideas are made marketable. It’s worse when smart people buy into them. And it’s worst of all when many, many people buy into them. Years ago, a teacher observed one of my classes and remarked enthusiastically that I’d had my students “cross the midline.” When she explained that moving a [...]

By |2016-12-01T22:00:44-04:00September 24, 2013|Classes, Musings|0 Comments