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Sense about Science – Equipping people to make sense of science and evidence

Sense about Science – Equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
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Word Spy The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science Illustration: Jonathon Rosen "A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Festinger and several of his colleagues had infiltrated the Seekers, a small Chicago-area cult whose members thought they were communicating with aliens—including one, "Sananda," who they believed was the astral incarnation of Jesus Christ. Through her, the aliens had given the precise date of an Earth-rending cataclysm: December 21, 1954. Festinger and his team were with the cult when the prophecy failed. Read also: the truth about Climategate.At first, the group struggled for an explanation. From that day forward, the Seekers, previously shy of the press and indifferent toward evangelizing, began to proselytize. In the annals of denial, it doesn't get much more extreme than the Seekers. We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself.

La sélection no 4 de livres sur la science Tout comme vous pouvez trouver, chaque fin de semaine, dans Passeur de sciences, une sélection de liens, il y a régulièrement (mais plutôt tous les six mois) une sélection des livres que j’ai reçus. Voici la quatrième... Enquête sur les créationnismes. Réseaux, stratégies et objectifs politiques, de Cyrille Baudouin et Olivier Brosseau (Belin, 336 p., 21,50 €). Je dénonce régulièrement dans ce blog les agissements des créationnistes, notamment lorsqu'ils tentent d'imposer leurs vues dans la manière dont la science est enseignée aux élèves. Comme l'explique en préface du livre Guillaume Lecointre qui dirige le département Systématique et évolution au Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, le créationnisme, y compris sous sa forme la plus sophistiquée du "dessein intelligent" (Intelligent Design), est "la réintroduction de la Providence dans l'explication scientifique, ce qui revient à reprendre les pratiques d'avant le XVIIe siècle. - Il fallait bien que cela arrive.

Why words are as painful as sticks and stones - life - 04 December 2012 IT STRUCK suddenly. First there was an ache in my chest, as if my sternum was laced too tightly. Then came the headaches and chronic tiredness. The feelings lingered for weeks, and were often at their worst just before I fell asleep each night. Betrayal, rejection and lost love are a fact of life, but it is only in the past 10 years that we have begun to unravel the basis of these hurt feelings in the brain. Vereniging tegen de Kwakzalverij Online Etymology Dictionary Why do people reject science? › Opinion (ABC Science) In Depth › Analysis and Opinion Why do some of us reject consensus on a whole range of scientific findings? As Professor Stephan Lewandowsky explains, it often comes down to the way we look at the world. What does Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity have to do with the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)? What does acid rain have to do with the fact tobacco smoking causes lung cancer? What does Reye's syndrome have in common with the CFCs that caused the hole in the ozone layer? And what do all those issues have to do with the fact our climate is rapidly changing due to human greenhouse gas emissions? The answer is that in all those cases, solid scientific evidence was met with vociferous opposition. The historical evidence is overwhelming that some of that opposition has been organised by vested interests, often successfully delaying political and regulatory action that posed a perceived threat to corporate profits. The unnecessary death toll is readily obtained by multiplication.

Nuit de la science - Musée d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Genève Programme » Nuit de la science Créée en 2000, la Nuit de la science est une manifestation populaire organisée par le Musée d'histoire des sciences; sur un rythme annuel, puis biennal depuis 2004, elle se déroule début juillet. Son propos est double: - permettre à un public familial de dialoguer en direct avec des savants et de se faire expliquer de façon simple et ludique les dernières recherches en cours. - proposer aux scientifiques d'aller à la rencontre du public et leur offrir une possibilité d'expliquer leur démarche. Elle sert également de laboratoire pour tester différentes formes de vulgarisation scientifique et de modes de rencontre entre les scientifiques et le public. La 10e édition, intitulée Tout ce qui brille, aura lieu samedi 5 et dimanche 6 juillet 2014. Nuit de la science 2012 en images Nuit de la science 2012: communiqué de presse Nuit de la science 2010 en images Nuit de la science 2008 en images Site de la Nuit de la science © 2012 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

Why Emotion Will Usually Outweigh Logic In The Audience’s Brains | Horace Mann League Blog Many people like to think that business is all about logic, and that customers behave having rationally analysed all available data, considered the various pros and cons of different courses of action and come to a logical conclusion. Although it’s very difficult for very logical people to understand (e.g. accountants, engineers, IT professionals), this could not be further from the truth, as the quote above from Buck Rogers of IBM demonstrates (and he was talking about mainframe computers!). The reality is that a high percentage of the time people make decisions based purely on emotion. They may well rationalise that decision afterwards by using logic, but the decision itself is made on emotion. Logic plays only a secondary role. ay in the centre of the brain and is primeval. The Neocortex is a much more recent development, in evolutionary terms. However, a lot of the time this route ‘short circuits’ and emotions are triggered automatically, with the Cortex being left out.

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