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Kid’s Behaviour is much worse than it used to be – Discuss!

Ok class, now quieten down. Bryony – how many times do I have to tell you? Mobile phones away! Today we are going to be looking at an important topic: Childhood behaviour. In a moment, we’re going to try to get a serious answer to a controversial question. Oh Jimmy, please put that cigarette lighter … Continue reading

Obama cracks a joke to the Atlantis Shuttle Crew – So why wasn’t it funny?

In space, no one can hear the tumble-weed. Obama: “I was just dialing out for pizza, and I didn’t expect to end up in space…” Recently, the US President took some time out from his busy schedule to make a surprise phone call to the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew. Clearly in need of some light-hearted … Continue reading

The IQ Myth and its Fascist origins – Just how Intelligent are You?

Western culture has a peculiar fascination with ‘intelligence’. I’ve not taken an IQ test for years – and hopefully never will again. Being ‘intelligent’ is held in ludicrously high esteem (second probably only to good looks) that most people think they’ve either got it, or they haven’t. The ‘doctrine’ of an inborn intelligence seems to … Continue reading

The Brainstorming Myth: Why it doesn’t work and is a waste of time…

Ok now class, today we’re going to be looking at myths in education. Now please pay attention. I have a question – In the TV show: The Apprentice, what’s the first thing candidates normally do to discuss and generate new ideas? Yes, you at the back? Speak up Roger so everyone can hear. Well done, … Continue reading

Dear Mr Editor, Your Science Reporting Truly Sucks…

A letter to the editor of the British Journal of General Practice (The official periodical of the Royal College of General Practice and leading journal for family medicine in Europe): Dear Professor Roger Jones, Last month’s BJGP was noteworthy for several reasons. Most strikingly was the beautiful redesign and compelling headline, “Acupuncture: effective in a … Continue reading

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