‘Too stupid to see how stupid they are’ – The ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’ is used all over the place to rub in people’s ignorance. Does the effect exist – and if it does, how big is it really?
A number of self-proclaimed PCR experts are attempting to have the first scientific article describing a PCR test for the coronavirus withdrawn. A look at their arguments and at their background.
The FLOGEN SIPS conferences use a interesting business model. Nobelist keynote speakers are given a nice holiday, and with their status other participants are lured in. And there are plenty of awards to caress everyone’s ego.
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.
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?
It is possible to approximate pi with throwing needles on a grid, but the result Italian mathematician Mario Lazzarini published in 1901 seems too good to be true. But was it fraud? A close look into his original paper sheds some new light on this issue.
15 year old William Gadoury has discovered the ruins of a Mayan city in the jungle of Yucatan following his theory that the Mayans picked the locations of their cities according to star constellations. I have some doubts about this.
Wim Hof is well known for setting some stunning records in the cold, but in the last couple of years changed his focus to selling his method as a tool to get better health. What is plausible of his claims? And what is true about his claims that his method has gained scientific recognition?
In 2010 results from a small experiment indicated that there might be negative effects of Wi-Fi on the health of trees. Follow-up research with more trees and over a longer period of time doesn’t give any such clues.