Shining Light on Reality
December 3, 2018

We are bombarded with information on a daily basis.  It is often said we live in the information age, but we also live in the misinformation age. How do we decide what qualifies as knowledge and what qualifies as nonsense? Maybe there are no wrong or right answers but just opinions. Those promoting a multiplist …

Scientific Myths of All Natural Medicine
October 3, 2018


Recently while discussing drug classifications and drug effects with my students, the All-Natural Medicine Myth was brought up. the All-Natural Medicine Myth (a.k.a the Argumentum ad Naturam) reflects the tendency to believe something is good because it is natural—or conversely it is bad because it is unnatural. While I was talking to the class about …

Learning and The Contaminated Mind
August 23, 2018

Mindware is defined as rules, procedures, and other forms of knowledge that are stored in the brain and can be retrieved to make decisions and solve problems (a term coined by cognitive scientist David Perkins) (Stanovich 2009). Mindware is important when it comes to rational action. The right type of mindware—scientific thinking, probabilistic reasoning, and logic—is …