# 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? 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. Cigarettes may be useful for distance runners?!? (or, How to prove anything with a review article) 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! 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. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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. 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. Quackwatch. Snake Oil? The scientific evidence for health supplements. Follow us on Twitter | Facebook See the data: bit.ly/snakeoilsupps.

See the static version Check the evidence for so-called Superfoods visualized. 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" © Tomasz P. Szynalski, Antimoon.com This is a more general version of the “foreign accent” myth described in the previous article in the series. It has its roots in the Critical Period Hypothesis proposed by Eric Lenneberg in 1967. Lenneberg suggested that one’s first language must be acquired before puberty (about 12 years of age).

Ideographic Myth. The concept of ideographic writing is a most seductive notion. There is great appeal in the concept of written symbols conveying their message directly to our minds, thus bypassing the restrictive intermediary of speech. And it seems so plausible. Checker shadow illusion. The checker shadow illusion is an optical illusion published by Edward H. Adelson, Professor of Vision Science at MIT in 1995.[1] The image depicts a checkerboard with light and dark squares. The optical illusion is that the area of the image labeled A appears to be a darker color than the area of the image labeled B. However, they are actually exactly the same color. This can be proven using the following methods:[2] 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.