Beware The Bias Blind Spot

December 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , )

The term bias blind spot refers to “the cognitive bias of failing to compensate for one’s own cognitive biases”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s Not Kid Ourselves – We Are All Irrational

March 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , )

Are human beings rational? No. In fact, Stuart Sutherland managed to write an entire book on the Irrationality of people. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Trouble With Skeptics

December 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm (Miscellaneous) (, )

Daniel Loxton, the editor of Junior Skeptic magazine (the kids’ science periodical bound inside Skeptic magazine), posted some “skeptic fails” on Twitter back in September. I thought I’d repost them here and add some thoughts of my own. Here goes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sceptics Beware: The Dangers of Debunking Myths

December 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here is a PDF (Schwarz et al) that discusses attempts to improve decision-making – and the frequent failures of these attempts.

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Whiny Sceptics

July 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm (Alternative Medicine, Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Homeopathy, Nutritionism, Woo) (, )

I’ve been blogging about bullshitters and mindfuckers since, ooh, last September. Recently, I claimed that woos are angry and I asked why. For balance, perhaps I should ask why sceptics are so whiny? Read the rest of this entry »

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Purple and Woo

November 21, 2007 at 5:19 pm (Fun) (, , , , , , , )

Several people seem to have picked up on the use of purple and similar colours on ‘woo’ sites. I wondered if woo sites used more purple than other sites. EDIT: Purple is definitely not the woo colour of choice. It’s green. Bright green. Shield your eyes… http://www.jabs.org.uk/forum/ Read the rest of this entry »

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