Tagged: trump

Madonna teaches us a lesson in critical thinking - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 25, 2017

  Maybe just a small lesson – but an important one. We should always look at context and not cherry-pick that which confirms our bias. In particular, we shouldn’t simply repeat social media claims without doing a bit of fact-checking for ourselves. It’s an important lesson at the moment because there is a lot of this going on in the social … Read More

Brexit, Trump and all that - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Dec 14, 2016

Last week, The Treasury hosted a guest lecture featuring two visiting academics under the heading Brexit, Trump & Economics: Where did we go wrong.  One of the visitors –  Samuel Bowles, now a professor at the Santa Fe Insitute -had been around long enough that in his youth he had served as an economic adviser in Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign,  … Read More

Warriors, scouts, Trump’s election and your news media - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 17, 2016

The media, establishment figures, and seemingly many of Clinton’s supporters,  were surprised at Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections because they think like warriors instead of scouts. Julia Galef described these different thinking processes in the video below – which I posted 6 months ago (see Are you really right?). Last week’s US presidential election result, the public uproar … Read More

Trump’s victory – why the surprise, why the anger? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 10, 2016

This morning my social media threads seem full of emotional outbursts, even hatred, and the ripping of garments. All over the results of the US presidential elections. But I have to ask – why this emotion? Why the surprise? And why blame the voters. Why the surprise? Surely a Trump victory was on the cards – even a strong possibility? … Read More

US Election: We’re still here - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Nov 10, 2016

For the last 24 hours, the US election has been much much more interesting that anything New Zealand-related that I might have written about.   Even my 10 year old came home from school yesterday telling me that her class had been following the early results intensely, even if (she reported that) some of the offspring of liberal Island Bay … Read More

What does Trump mean for Science? - News

John Kerr Nov 10, 2016

Donald Trump has been elected to the be the next President of the United States. What does this mean for science?  Already journalists, academics and pundits are scrambling to analyse the impact his presidency will have on every facet of, well, everything.  Here at Sciblogs we’ve rounded up some of the key points on science emerging from the coverage. Scientists respond … Read More

Being better informed – unexpected advice from The Guardian - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 03, 2016

This opinion piece by Piers Robinson in The Guardian surprised me – and then it pleased me – Russian news may be biased – but so is much western media. Surprised me because, of late, The Guardian has been shockingly one-sided. Particularly in its treatment of Russian politics, nationally and internationally. Unfortunately doesn’t include any self criticisms – that would have … Read More

Defending yourself Against Persuasion – Innuendo - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 28, 2011

Innuendo is in myopinion one of the most pernicious forms of persuasion. It relies on our tendencies to be cautious and is reflected in the commonly accepted belief that “There is no smoke without fire”. Unfortunately, innuendo is the equivalent of a smoke bomb – able to deliver copious quantities of smoke with no fire at all. Innuendo appears to be fairly common in … Read More

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