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What is Chaos Theory? : Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior.

Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom. For example, by understanding the complex, chaotic dynamics of the atmosphere, a balloon pilot can “steer” a balloon to a desired location. Principles of Chaos -Albert Einstein -Albert Einstein. Edutopia. Organismic Biophysics and Living Soft-Matter: Prakash Lab, Stanford University.

© Prakash Lab 2012 | Department of Bioengineering | Stanford University. Teaching science with bad science: resources for teachers. People often wring their hands over how to make science “relevant” to the public, or to young people. For me, this is an open goal: we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an opportunity to learn about the relative merits and downsides of randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, laboratory work, and more. I got together with Collins, the people who make the biggest selling GCSE textbooks, and we’ve made some resources for teachers who are interested in covering these kinds of things at school.

For each topic, there is a lesson plan, hand-outs, and so on. Everything is laid out to make it as easy as possible for teachers to just get stuck in. You may also be amused to see that Collins were too shy to call Brain Gym by name. I hope you find these useful. Onward! , or tweet this article to your friends. The Naked Scientists Online, Science Podcast and Science Radio Show. Think science! You might imagine that scientific thinking differs from the sorts of reasoning tools that you use in your everyday life — that scientists go around with a head full of equations through which they view the world. In fact, many aspects of scientific thinking are just extensions of the way you probably think everyday: Ever seen something surprising and tried to figure out how it happened?

Perhaps you've seen a magician make his assistant disappear from a box and wondered if the trick involved a trap door …. Ever sought out more evidence (e.g., by looking for a joint in the floor beneath the box)? Ever come up with a new explanation for a mystery? Perhaps the trick used a mirror to reflect an image of an empty wall …. These might seem like trivial examples, but in fact, they represent scientific habits of mind applied to an everyday situation.

Want to develop your scientific outlook? Question what you observe. It’s never too late… to discover science! “I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like to be taught.” -Winston Churchill My very first time leading a classroom — on my own — was back in June of 2000. I was 21 years old, fresh out of college, and was teaching science in a middle school classroom. And I asked what I thought was an innocuous question, designed to pique their curiosity. I asked the class, “What are we — you, me, and all human beings — made of?” I was expecting many possible answers common to all living things, ranging from “blood and guts” to cells, molecules, or atoms. Image credit: John S. But that wasn’t the answer I got. Clay! This was one of those trial-by-fire moments that new teachers experience so frequently, that no amount of education can prepare them for.

Image credit: First man Adam and perfect man Christ, via That’s one way of looking at it, but this is a science class. Image credit: Kevin Lewis of. Verification Handbook: homepage. Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online. Critical thinking web. A List Of Fallacious Arguments. Attacking the person instead of attacking his argument. For example, "Von Daniken's books about ancient astronauts are worthless because he is a convicted forger and embezzler. " (Which is true, but that's not why they're worthless.) Another example is this syllogism, which alludes to Alan Turing's homosexuality: Turing thinks machines think.

Turing lies with men. (Note the equivocation in the use of the word "lies".) How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions.