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What Does Freedom of Speech Actually Mean?

There's been a lot of talk over the last while about freedom of speech, with some people feeling that their freedom of speech, or freedom of speech in general, is being limited. I thought I'd chime in on the matter, although I'm perhaps a bit late to the party. Freedom of speech speech is considered… Continue reading What Does Freedom of Speech Actually Mean?

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Are the Covidiots Screwing Us All Over?

Image by Erika Varga from Pixabay  COVID sucks. Restrictions suck. But does it have to be this bad? Sure, the virus is quite contagious, and can make people very sick, but would it be different if it weren't for the covidiots? I'm inclined to think that it would be. There will always be people who choose to break… Continue reading Are the Covidiots Screwing Us All Over?

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Benford’s Law and the Weird & Wacky Ways Our World Works

What the heck is Benford's law and why should anyone care? I was oblivious until I recently saw an episode of the series Connected on Netflix on the topic, but it turns out, the distribution of numbers in our world is a lot less random than you might think. Physicist Frank Benford was actually the… Continue reading Benford’s Law and the Weird & Wacky Ways Our World Works

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The Use and Misuse of Jargon

Many fields have their own jargon, which Wikipedia describes as "specialized terminology associated with a particular field or area of activity" that often isn't well understand by people outside of that particular field. While jargon can help people within a field communicate precisely, that doesn't necessarily translate well outside of the field. It can be… Continue reading The Use and Misuse of Jargon

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The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

There's a lot of knowledge out there in the world. We've all accumulated some of it, whether that's by formal schooling, work, or life in general. There are several different ways in which we relate to the potential knowledge that's out there in the world. This can be seen in the modified Johari window diagram… Continue reading The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

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What Political Polls Mean – And What They Don’t

With an election looming, results from new political polls are getting tossed around all the time. But what do those figures actually mean, if anything? To understand that, it's important to look at how polling works. Sample The sample is the people that the pollers gather opinions from. The goal is to get a sample… Continue reading What Political Polls Mean – And What They Don’t

The free things online are never actually free: We're just paying with something other than money
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The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

This came to mind recently because of a comment I saw on someone's blog to do with a news site requiring a subscription to read article. With the explosion of the internet in recent years and the vast amount of content that's available, we've come to expect things to be free. Except none of it… Continue reading The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free

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What Exactly Is the Placebo Effect?

We've probably all heard of the placebo effect, but what is it, and how does it work? For something that happens regularly, it's not all that well understood. A placebo is any substance that's not intended or expected to have any therapeutic effect. Ethically, it generally wouldn't be considered acceptable to give a patient a… Continue reading What Exactly Is the Placebo Effect?