Since 2015 I run a Tumblr site on which I collect examples of chessboards in films and other media that are in misorientated or wrong in other ways. Last weekend a long article in Dutch newspaper Parool was dedicated to this annoyance which I share with the author Roelf Jan Duin. A couple of weeks […]
The participants of a recent symposium on complainants who seem to abuse procedures for research integrity to frustrate unwanted research had only one example in mind. The complainant in question was not heard. Read this interview for his side of this story.
Professor Klaas van Egmond thinks he has found conclusive evidence that the poem and engraving on the front pages of the Shakespeare First Folio tell us that Shakespeare should be identified as the number π.
The goop lab will start on 24 January and apparently the second show will be about the Wim Hof Method. A good reason to have a new look since the last time I wrote about it was in 2016. Is there any new scientific evidence for the effectiveness of the Wim Hof Method? A brief look at recent publications.
I was sued by one of the authors of a book I had reviewed. He felt that my review had caused him unquantified damages and that publishing it had been an ‘unlawful act’. On 18 November the court has dismissed all his demands. My freedom of speech prevails over his hurt feelings!
Dutch newspaper Trouw set out a poll, in collaboration with Kieskompas, to investigate the belief in several conspiracy theories. One of the results they reported is that ‘almost one per cent of the Dutch, 0.9 per cent to be exact, think that the Earth is not round, but flat.’ This would amount to about 150.000 […]
The Dunning-Kruger effect is said to exist among chess players. This is however based on a single study on a small one-day open Swiss tournament. And did the authors of that study fully grasp the effect of that particular pairing system?