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(1) How to detect baloney the Carl Sagan way | Michael Shermer - YouTube

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First order KQs What was Carl Sagan’s ‘Baloney Detection Kit’? Second order KQs How does it affect our ability to make objective judgements about the world when we assume that we are right? How essential is the ability to falsify a claim to the acquisition of reliable knowledge?
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Perspective Digest : How Do We Know What Is True?

A Publication of the Adventist Theological Society
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Is the Knowledge Factory Broken?, The Inquiry - BBC World Service

Is the Knowledge Factory Broken?, The Inquiry - BBC World Service | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
What happened when researcher Glenn Begley reviewed 53 landmark cancer studies.
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Having the brakes removed from your car is a personal decision

Having the brakes removed from your car is a personal decision | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking — did you know that in the old days, cars didn’t have brakes?
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Greta TOK parody of anti-vaxxer movement
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Nature By Numbers: Fibonacci Sequence Animated In Stunning Video Will Take Your Breath Away.

Nature By Numbers: Fibonacci Sequence Animated In Stunning Video Will Take Your Breath Away. | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The Fibonacci spiral is something we see every day in nature but never really pay much attention to. . . this video might just change that.
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Is this art, or mathematics? Do these distinctions matter?
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No, you're not entitled to your opinion

Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning. Secondly…
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Ultimate Renaissance Man: 5 Fascinating Facts about Leonardo da Vinci

Ultimate Renaissance Man: 5 Fascinating Facts about Leonardo da Vinci | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Leonardo da Vinci was born today in 1452. To celebrate the Renaissance man, here are five facts about his remarkable life and legacy.
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For interdisciplinary, consider the synonym 'renaissance' Da Vinci was the ultimate Renaissance man in in a sense a role model for interdisciplinary learning.
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Suspension of Disbelief: Science's Ever-Changing Vision of Dinosaurs

Suspension of Disbelief: Science's Ever-Changing Vision of Dinosaurs | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Science's understanding of dinosaurs has changed dramatically since the word was coined in 1842.
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Suspension of disbelief and dinosaurs!
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Top Ten Breakthroughs in Neuroscience for 2015

Top Ten Breakthroughs in Neuroscience for 2015 | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
This blog post is a year-end wrap up of my "Top Ten" favorite discoveries in neuroscience for 2015.
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Quality knowledge in a new academic discipline ?
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Variation and Uniformity in the Construction of Biological Knowledge Across Cultures

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Variation and Uniformity in the Construction of Biological Knowledge Across Cultures
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Uniformity in biology
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What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study?

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study? | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
It seems to be a buzzword in education and one that gets thrown around quite a lot these days. But what does 'interdisciplinary' study really mean? And why is it so desirable?
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How is interdisciplinary learning valuable in education and how might this transfer to the wider world?
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Why mass shootings don't convince gun owners to support gun control

Why mass shootings don't convince gun owners to support gun control | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The differences on guns run far deeper than evidence or persuasion.
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First order KQs What effect do mass shootings have on the arguments of the pro- and anti-gun lobbies? Second order KQs How do perspectives shape our ethical evaluations?
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How Do We Know The Earth Is 4.5 Billion Years Old?

How Do We Know The Earth Is 4.5 Billion Years Old? | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Do you believe that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old according to science, or 6000 years old according to the Bible? This question was originally answered on Quora by C Stuart Hardwick.
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Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.
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Consciousness as illusion...
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Why Scientists Have No Faith in Science

Why Scientists Have No Faith in Science | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
A common tactic of those who claim that science and religion are compatible is to argue that science, like religion, rests on faith: faith in the accu
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DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

DNA surgery on embryos removes disease | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
A Chinese team corrected the potentially fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.
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Ethics and scientific advances
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People are overly confident in their own knowledge, despite errors

People are overly confident in their own knowledge, despite errors | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Overprecision -- excessive confidence in the accuracy of our beliefs -- can have profound consequences, inflating investors' valuation of their investments, leading physicians to gravitate too quickly to a diagnosis, even making people intolerant of dissenting views. Now, new research confirms that overprecision is a common and robust form of overconfidence driven, at least in part, by excessive certainty in the accuracy of our judgments.
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Dangers of overconfidence in knowledge
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What Brain Activity Can Explain Suspension of Disbelief?

What Brain Activity Can Explain Suspension of Disbelief? | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
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Some scientific background on the suspension of disbelief
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Neuroscience News

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Neuroscience research. Learn how the brain's physical, chemical and electrical structure can affect everything from motivation and sensory perception to disease recovery.
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Fresh developments in neuroscience - a relatively young discipline.
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List of academic fields - Wikipedia

List of academic fields - Wikipedia

An academic discipline or field of study is a branch of knowledge that is taught and researched as part of higher education. A scholar's discipline is commonly defined and recognized by the university faculties and learned societies to which he or she belongs and the academic journals in which he or she publishes research.

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A starting point for disciplines, their historical pedigree and the quality of knowledge they produce?
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Is doubt the key to knowledge?

Is doubt the key to knowledge? | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Debate.org is a dynamic social community where you can voice your opinion on today’s hottest issues.
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Some thoughts on knowledge and doubt
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