In short, because everyone is a terrible lecturer. And there is proof from cognitive science studies:
In these test settings, various science curricula were revamped to get them to jibe with the latest cognitive science research on effective learning, which points to more interactive approaches that include immediately and repeatedly putting new information to […]
Chris Mooney searches for one.
The primary weakness for me is that Mooney is convinced that conservatives are more biased. I don’t think they are. Mooney makes the implicit distinction that somehow liberals are “more tolerant” overall than merely on specific issues:
Moreover, while I dig this whole improving democratic-dialogue-about-science thing, I also think that if there is […]
We’re at something of an impasse here. Those interested in politics aren’t interested in science. Those interested in science are frustrated by politics. Few from either group know how to communicate with the other. We’ve been divided and thusly conquered.
What’s a disenchanted generation to do? Squat in a park and make cardboard […]
Do you like science? Do you like thinking about science? Do you like thinking about thinking about science?
Oh, well then do I have a gift for you.
Discover Magazine has launched their newest group blog, The Crux. The Crux is about science, meaning it covers everything scientific and Science itself, as […]
As I have written elsewhere (including my first book), in our modern culture science functions as myth in the sense that it provides us with narratives of origins and endings that set our […]
Scientific American has a fun sub-blog by Charles Q. Choi entitled Too Hard for Science? He interviewed IEET Fellow David Brin on animal uplift. Brin outlines the problem:
Any attempt to begin such work would encounter furious opposition from animal rights groups, and not without some reason,” Brin says. “The initial and intermediate stages […]
io9 takes a look at the ladies of experimental lunacy:
It wasn’t until the 1890s, with the advent of the “New Woman,” that fictional women were allowed to be mentally as well as physically and sexually dangerous. The New Woman was a woman who took many of the theoretical ideas of feminism […]
Dementia is awful. Those who suffer from it cannot currently be cured, but how can we help them? One research team thinks Reiki, which seems to be a Japanese form therapy massage plus placebo effect, might help. NYT has the deets for the skeptical.
Most studies of reiki have obvious flaws: the numbers […]
Carl Zimmer’s recent piece in the New York Times on evolvability is eye-opening. The study involved hundreds of generations of E. Coli evolving, with certain generations being frozen for later comparison:
The eventual winners still consistently beat out the eventual losers, the researchers found. On average, they ended up growing 2.1 percent faster than […]
If anyone can take the Human Genome Project and the progress science has made over the last three decades and turn it into something the medical field can actually use to benefit real people, it’s Eric Schadt. Esquire writer Tom Junod tantalizes:
Okay, so focusing on one gene at a time doesn’t work, […]
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