# Illusions and Myths

Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes. By Paul Cox This is a list of mathematical mistakes made over and over by advertisers, the media, reporters, politicians, activists, and in general many non-math people. These come from many sources, which will appear in parenthesis. I will try to find an actual example of each for learning purposes. Note: In this document, I attack errors made by popular social organizations. Boost Your Immune System? Cigarettes may be useful for distance runners?!? (or, How to prove anything with a review article) Hello there!

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Special Features: Myths of the Common Cold. 1.

Approximately 25% of people who get a cold virus infection do not develop symptoms and yet they get over the infection as well as people who do have symptoms (5, 72, also see How Virus Infection Occurs). 2. The nose can only respond to irritative events such as a cold virus infection or dust or pollen entering the nose in a limited number of ways. Sneezing and nasal secretions are useful in removing dust and pollen from the nose but do not eliminate cold viruses since the virus is multiplying inside the nasal cells where it is safe.

Myths of immunity. 10 myths about vaccination. {*style:<b> </b>*}While better hygiene, hand washing and clean water can protect people against diseases such as influenza and cholera, most viruses spread regardless of how clean we are.

If people are not vaccinated, so-called old diseases will quickly reappear, such as measles. Owing to the complexity of the human immune system, no vaccine provides 100% protection, but this persistent myth also draws on the fact that true immunization status is not always recorded correctly and that numbers can be manipulated. Over 90% of the people with measles cases reported in 2009 had received less than the recommended two doses of measles vaccine. All medical treatments, including vaccination, can have side-effects. An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All.

Photo: Andrew Zuckerman To hear his enemies talk, you might think Paul Offit is the most hated man in America.

The Museum of Hoaxes. Squashed, Why People are Sheep. Why You're Probably Less Popular Than Your Friends. Are your friends more popular than you are?

There doesn’t seem to be any obvious reason to suppose this is true, but it probably is. We are all more likely to become friends with someone who has a lot of friends than we are to befriend someone with few friends. The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? by Marcia Angell. The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch Basic Books, 226 pp., \$15.99 (paper) Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker Crown, 404 pp., \$26.00. Quackwatch. Snake Oil? The scientific evidence for health supplements. See the data: bit.ly/snakeoilsupps.

See the static versionSee the old flash version Check the evidence for so-called Superfoods visualized. Note: You might see multiple bubbles for certain supplements. These is because some supps affect a range of conditions, but the evidence quality varies from condition to condition. For example, there’s strong evidence that garlic can lower blood pressure. Digests: Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning. Resources Online Resources: Digests December 1992 Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning This Digest is based on a report published by the National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, University of California, Santa Cruz: "Myths and Misconceptions About Second Language Learning: What Every Teacher Needs to Unlearn," by Barry McLaughlin.

As the school-aged population changes, teachers all over the country are challenged with instructing more children with limited English skills. As any adult who has tried to learn another language can verify, second language learning can be a frustrating experience. Myth 1: Children learn second languages quickly and easily. Myth #6: "If you didn't learn a foreign language as a child, you will never be fully proficient in its grammar" © Tomasz P.