Science works in ways that reflect our rationality.
There's a big difference between science and pseudoscience. But if people don't understand how science works in the first place, it's very easy for them to fall for the pseudoscience.
Don’t be confused for too long.
If you've ever felt confused then you're not alone. But knowing how to deal with confusion can help us to learn new things.
Who are adult learners and what takes them back to school?
A large number of adult learners are going back to community colleges to acquire new skills. Are they acquiring the skills necessary for today's technology-rich job environments?
Your vote is not insignificant in the bigger scheme of things. It matters.
Not voting can have serious consequences regarding the kind of society we end up living in. Disengagement can mean a lowering of quality of life.
Let them speak.
Controversial arguments and ideas should be listened to and open to public scrutiny. Only then can we expose those ideas found wanting and lacking any credibility.
Paper or tablet?
With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.
UFO or lens flare?
It's easy to attribute the wrong cause to a mysterious phenomenon. But science has some tools to help you avoid these attribution errors.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten after the leaders’ debate.
Why has the political debate become such an uninspiring event today? It's difficult to find someone political who wants to genuinely argue for their position.
Is it possible to combat disinformation spread by Donald Trump?
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Donald Trump has been known to spread misinformation. This gives us a great opportunity to hone our critical thinking skills.
You can’t rely on common sense.
How often have you been urged to use common sense during an argument or a debate? The problem is, common sense is an unreliable indicator of truth.
What constitutes liberal arts?
University of Central Arkansas
It is those who know how to think nimbly, creatively and responsibly that end up building extraordinary careers.
Exams aren’t testing 21st century skills.
To prepare teachers for the 21st century, we need to reform the way we assess children.
What will make students have faith in their professors?
Professors help students question their beliefs and assumptions. How should they build the trust?
We need to teach students to think critically about what they know.
A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond simple recall or learned procedures.
Our democratic ship of state is in bad shape.
Campaigns are now more focused on how to manipulate the electorate so you can govern as you see fit once you get power.
We want our children to be able to argue rationally.
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How can we make the most of the "why?" years and develop our children into effective inquirers and critical thinkers?
Keeping them interested.
Science lesson via CroMary/www.shutterstock.com
Training teachers to make science lessons more practical, creative and challenging benefits their students.
Pseudoscience: we should know better by now.
The pseudoscience, conspiracy theory and woo spreading across the world wreaks havoc on those that buy into it.
What? Eating chocolate doesn’t help lose weight? But I read it in the newspaper!
A recent hoax study suggesting chocolate helps people lose weight highlights many problems with the way science is conducted and reported by the media.
Socrates made people think, but he also made them rather irritated.
Earlier this year, the ethicist Walter-Sinnot Armstrong asked whether philosophers were out of touch with, even contemptuous, of ordinary people and everyday life. The picture he paints isn’t flattering…