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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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The Science Behind the Dress

The Science Behind the Dress | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Three teams of scientists looked at the perceptions that led to the viral phenomenon of the blue and black (or was it white and gold?) dress.
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Finally, the dilemma about that 'dress' has been discussed by scientist and it's all about blue light and our inability to discern it clearly in low light.

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Spotting bad science – is it really so easy?

Spotting bad science – is it really so easy? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Nice On the Interwebs - I have seen several links to this helpful PDF on How to spot bad science - a rough guide. Learning how to sniff out bad science - or

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Nice poster on what how to avoid articles that purport to be scientific but really aren't. Read the article from Girl, Interuptted as well as she has some comments on the accuracy of some parts of the guide.

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Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs

Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Last week, Gallup announced the results of their latest survey on Americans and evolution. The numbers were a stark blow to high-school science teachers everywhere: forty-six per cent of adults said they believed that “God created humans in their...
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How to Distinguish Science From Pseudoscience

How to Distinguish Science From Pseudoscience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish science from pseudoscience... Good science... Follows the evidence wherever it leads Embraces criticism Uses precise terminology with clear definitions Provides claims that are conservative and tentative Properly considers all evidence and arguments Uses rigorous and repeatable methods Engages with peers and community Follows careful and valid logic Changes…
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A good check list.

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10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science - Forbes

10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science - Forbes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Pseudosciences are usually pretty easily identified by their emphasis on confirmation over refutation, on physically impossible claims, and on terms charged with emotion or false "sciencey-ness," which is kind of like "truthiness" minus Stephen Colbert"

[10 ways to tell fake science from the real thing]

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