Archive: Molecular Matters 2013

Skeptics Conference 2015 – Should I become a vegan?

Michael Edmonds Nov 23, 2015

Over the weekend (20-22nd November I attended (and MC’d) the 2015 NZ Skeptics Conference in Christchurch. The theme of the conference was Apocalypse How? with many of the speakers talking about ways the world/humankind might end. Some talked about fictional/fantastical ways we might meet our demise while others provided scenarios much more possible. Given the topics and the great line up of speakers, … Read More

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Social media’s dark side

Michael Edmonds Nov 08, 2015

Social media has become an integral part of many peoples lives and provide many benefits – wider access to information, an introduction  to those with similar interests, and exposure to new ideas. However, it also has a dark side which can be seen in the vicious and cruel comments which appear on Twitter as well as platforms such as Facebook and … Read More

A "Formula" to Account for Resistance to Scientific Consensus

Michael Edmonds Apr 14, 2015

In some areas of science there is very little resistance to the scientific consensus. Very few people will challenge the consensus that water flows downhill because of gravity or that objects are different colours because they absorb/reflect different wavelengths of light. However in other areas of science, for example – climate change, alternative health treatments, immunisation the corresponding consensus in … Read More


From the Mouth of Food Babe

Michael Edmonds Mar 26, 2015

Food Babe, aka Vani Hari, has developed quite a following on her blog where she provides advice on healthy living. Some of the advice can be quite good, however, it can also include incorrect information often creates unnecessary chemophobia. A recent article for magazine The Cut provided some good examples of how good advice can be muddled with less … Read More


What Management can learn from Good Teaching Practice – the Flipped Classroom

Michael Edmonds Mar 21, 2015

Over the past few years I’ve come to really appreciate the concept of the “flipped classroom”, whereby students are provided access to the content of a course outside of class time, and class time is used for students to engage in more active learning, applying the content. There are many ways to do this – content can be provided via … Read More


A More Inclusive Approach to Education

Michael Edmonds Jan 30, 2015

The Chief Executive of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (and my bosses boss) gave a talk at TEDx in Christchurch last year describing a more inclusive and broader approach to education. I think she makes some good points; having taught in the polytechnic sector for 15 years now I have found my concept of successful education has certainly changed. I … Read More

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