Reality Checks: “Inherent Brilliance,” Disability Representation in Movies, “Deflate-Gate,” and the Limits of Predicting Terrorist Attacks

Reality Checks: “Inherent Brilliance,” Disability Representation in Movies, “Deflate-Gate,” and the Limits of Predicting Terrorist Attacks

An emphasis on “inherent brilliance” might explain some of the gender gap in STEM fields. (via Scicurious) The Theory of Everything is not a good representation of disability. (via Slate) What science says about “deflate-gate.” (via NPR) There are limits to attempts to predict terrorist attacks. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Joshua Zader via Flickr Got a ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 127: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 2

The Physics Philes, lesson 127: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 2

It’s been a couple of weeks, but now it’s time to continue our discussion of the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. Let’s have a little discussion on pressure and the kinetic energies of molecules. Let’s think about the absolute value of the velocity in the x-direction from last time. That value is not actually the same for all molecules, as you may have guessed. Howev... »

Reality Checks: Conspiracy Theories, Men “Apologize” for Abortions, and Planet Moon

Reality Checks: Conspiracy Theories, Men “Apologize” for Abortions, and Planet Moon

Who falls for conspiracy theories? (via Pacific Standard) Two fraternities at the University of Virginia refuse to sign on to new anti-sexual assault regulations. (via Feminist Majority Foundation) Men “apologize” for letting women have abortions. Douche chills abound. (via Raw Story) Is the moon a planet? The answer is surprisingly tricky. (via Bad Astronomy) Featured image credit: da... »

Reality Checks: “Cure” for the Common Cold, Oscar Snubs, Islamophobia, Not-So Free Speech

Reality Checks: “Cure” for the Common Cold, Oscar Snubs, Islamophobia, Not-So Free Speech

How Linus Pauling convinced everyone that vitamin C cures colds. (via Vox) Hollywood is still ignoring women’s stories. (via Slate) Islamophobia is not a myth. (via The Atlantic) The Pope backs free speech, but only sort of. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Francisco Antunes via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias

Trigger warning: discussions of taking photos of sex without permission. Sexy photos, taking and distribution of, without permission, is what I would consider a sex crime. See Jennifer Lawrence for more. Other than that, it’s just generally kind of a tawdry and creepy sort of step, this, so if you don’t want to read further, here’s a picture of my cat with a giant stuffed unicorn... »

DBT Skills: Radical Acceptance

DBT Skills: Radical Acceptance

Hello friends, and welcome to 2015. With the new year comes changes here at TS. This is my final post on DBT, and this one is going to be a challenge for the more skeptically minded among us. I have to admit that I still struggle with this skill, which often seems counter intuitive. You might remember that our last post was about pros and cons, and that we’ve been moving through distress tol... »

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