Category Archives: Probability

Review of “Anthropic Bias Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy”

I’m going to do the unthinkable: on a site entitled Research Reviews, I’ll actually be reviewing some research! Before you die of shock, let me assure you that I will not be reviewing what generally comes to mind when people … Continue reading

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Why you are irrational and illogical

Humans are amazingly smart. We not only have the most powerful brains in the known universe (which is a stupid statement because “known” here must implicitly refer to what we know and therefore the statement is basically “so far as … Continue reading

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Do researchers understand their own explanations?

Have you ever been asked to fill out a survey that included some statement (e.g., “I experience back pain”, “I have difficulty concentrating”, “I write blogs nobody in their right mind would read”, etc.) and an “ordered” set of responses … Continue reading

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Logic and Reason: How scientific reasoning doesn’t come naturally

One of the interesting things I came across as an undergrad was research in psychology on when and why natural human reasoning abilities work against, rather than for us, or how we are not inclined to think as rationally as … Continue reading

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Chaos Theory: Neither Chaos, Nor a Theory

It’s no surprise that people who have never taken physics have heard of quantum mechanics (indeed, have heard phrases like “the [or Heisenberg’s] uncertainty principle” and “wave-particle duality), that people who’ve never written a line of computer code have heard … Continue reading

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Are our climate records wrong?

I wanted to demonstrate the importance of knowing even some elementary applied mathematics, but of course for those not already convinced that they need any more math (and don’t want to learn more) I need an example that is sensational … Continue reading

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TIME magazine, aliens, and why SETI is a waste

How I discovered Alien Reading Material via SETI: The Search for Edible Things that are Inexpensive There are untold numbers of planets and celestial bodies in general scattered across a universe vaster than we can contemplate. How could anyone doubt … Continue reading

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