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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. Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes
Boost Your Immune System? This post is a wee bit of a cheat in that it is a rewrite of a Quackcast, but I have three lectures and board certification in the near future, so sometimes you have to cook the wolf. What does that mean: boost the immune system? Most people apparently think that the immune system is like a muscle, and by working it, giving it supplements and vitamins, the immune system will become stronger. Boost Your Immune System?
Cigarettes may be useful for distance runners?!? (or, How to prove anything with a review article) | Obesity Panacea Hello there! If you enjoy the content on Obesity Panacea, consider subscribing for future posts via email or RSS feed. Also, don't forget to like us on Facebook! Cigarettes may be useful for distance runners?!? (or, How to prove anything with a review article) | Obesity Panacea
Top 10 Myths About The Common Cold Health Winter is on its way (to the Northern Hemisphere) and with it comes myths of the common cold. We all grow up with a variety of beliefs about the common cold that often differ from home to home, but the fact is, most of them are wrong. With this list we will help to educate everyone about the myths relating to the cold and flu and hopefully help us to be better prepared to cope with it in future. Top 10 Myths About The Common Cold
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. Special Features: Myths of the Common Cold
spiked-health | Column | Myths of immunity spiked-health | Column | Myths of immunity Dr Michael Fitzpatrick is the author of MMR and Autism, Routledge, 2004 (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)); and The Tyranny of Health: Doctors and the Regulation of Lifestyle, Routledge, 2000 (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA). He is also a contributor to Alternative Medicine: Should We Swallow It? Hodder Murray, 2002 (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)). Read on: spiked-issue: MMR vaccine ME: the making of a new disease, by Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
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. 10 myths about vaccination
Photo: Andrew Zuckerman To hear his enemies talk, you might think Paul Offit is the most hated man in America. A pediatrician in Philadelphia, he is the coinventor of a rotavirus vaccine that could save tens of thousands of lives every year. Yet environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. slams Offit as a “biostitute” who whores for the pharmaceutical industry. An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All | Magazine An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All | Magazine
The Hoax Museum Blog Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history Scare stories about how governments are going to force us all to be "microchipped like dogs" have been circulating for well over a decade. Mixed in with these stories have been Christian fundamentalist claims that implanted microchips are the "Mark of the Beast". The latest scare story to surface is an article (written in broken English) recently posted on topinfopost.com, claiming that "On May 2014, through Europe newborn children will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip." The Museum of Hoaxes

The Museum of Hoaxes

Squashed, Why People are Sheep Squashed, Why People are Sheep Yesterday morning, I found a dozen or so comments telling me to stop being an entitled socialist whiner, seize life by the ballocks, and twist until my dreams came true. The comments were reasonably articulate, yet remarkably trollish. Odd.
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. It’s not that we avoid those with few friends; rather it’s more probable that we will be among a popular person’s friends simply because he or she has a larger number of them.
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
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Digests: Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning Resources Online Resources: Digests December 1992 Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning
Myth #6: "If you didn't learn a foreign language as a child, you will never be fully proficient in its grammar" | Antimoon.com
Ideographic Myth
Checker shadow illusion
The Conspiratainment Complex
Leo Taxil’s confession
Potemkin village
Batesian mimicry
‪Shepard Tone‬‏
‪Incredible Audio Illusion‬‏
‪Jean-Claude Risset - "Mutations"‬‏
‪as clean as fire‬‏
Fibonacci Flim-Flam.