Earlier today, I came close to unfriending a guy on Facebook over climate change. He wasn’t even too rabidly fundamentalist about the topic. Nevertheless, his way of arguing his climate change point of view had all the hallmarks of the widespread climate change denial disinformation strategy. Which is why I refuse to engage in this…

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When even a scientific magazine like Wetenschap in Beeld (Science in the Picture) makes huge errors like this, errors in their thinking as much as in their facts, it’s no wonder that less and less people really understand science, and more and more people lose faith in it. In their April issue, WiB printed an…

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This video has been doing the rounds again. It claims to prove human proclivity for herd behavior, while all it really shows is the urgent need for critical thinking, for understanding of the scientific method, for a sceptical attitude towards any claim, and most of all, for actual facts. Let’s break it down. The caption…

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Gisteravond heb ik iemand ontvriend en geblokkeerd op Facebook na een discussie over vaccinatie.* Hij was niet eens rabiaat fundamentalistisch over het onderwerp. Desalniettemin droeg zijn debatteerstijl alle kenmerken van de wijd verbreide desinformatiestrategie van de antivaccinatiebeweging. En daarom weiger ik mij nog langer te laten verleiden tot deze discussies. En daarom zal voortaan iedereen…

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Well, let me rephrase that. I wrote1, edited2, revised2, outlined1, translated3, reviewed4, critiqued4, and miscellaneous-othered5 100010 words. I set my goal for 100,000 words way back in January, performed some long division, and set up a Beeminder Goal for 274 words a day. Halfway through the year, with Summer approaching, I felt all stressed out…

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Beste Staatsloterij, Uit de uitspraak van de Hoge Raad—en uit het feit dat de zaak überhaupt ooit is aangespannen—spreekt vooral een stuitende, van de realiteit losgekoppelde hebberigheid van de kant van de klagers. Dat mensen tot aan de Hoge Raad doorprocederen omdat hun minieme kans op een prijs destijds eigenlijk nog een heel klein beetje…

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I just love game theory. In the final play of a popular Dutch quiz, the remaining candidate is presented with three doors. Behind one of the doors is the Grand Prize. The candidate picks a door. Something happens. The chosen door opens. The Grand Prize is there, or it is not. Few quiz games are…

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In a feature article on traffic safety this week, our newspaper quoted the statistic that 80% of car accidents happen in the first or the final five minutes of a trip. An odd lack of precision, that. I would think that the vast majority of car accidents happen in the final seconds of a trip.

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