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March 11, 2015

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4:20 PM | AJ People & Power – Western Jihadis in Syria
Danish filmmaker Nagieb Khaja went to Syria to speak to Western fighters and to one of Jabhat al-Nusra's senior figures - the Australian / Egyptian cleric , Abu Sulayman Muhajir. In this remarkable film, made possible through long and patient negotiation for access, Nagieb finds out why young foreign Muslims are being drawn to the conflict in Syria, explores the reasons behind Jabhat al-Nusra's fierce rivalry with ISIL and examines the implications of these developments for global security.
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12:45 AM | Are submissions on fluoridation worth it?
Like most people I struggle to find the energy when representative and government bodies call for submissions. But I did make the effort recently when Medsafe called for submissions on their proposed clarification of how fluoridating agents are defined in the … Continue reading →

March 10, 2015

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10:47 AM | Monitor moslim discriminatie
In het net verschenen rapport ‘Monitor Moslim Discriminatie’ brengt Dr. Ineke van der Valk gegevens bijeen over de stand van zaken rond islamofobie en de discriminatie van moslims.
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12:25 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Birthin’
This skink looks like it just burst out of someone’s chest, and in addition, it’s full of little baby skinks.

March 08, 2015

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8:44 PM | Social media and science – the problems and the challenge
Social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc., – are a challenge for science.  Often considered frivolous or at least not serious, they are tempting to ignore. But it seems that many anti-scientific or pseudoscientific ideas a promoted by social media. What’s … Continue reading →

March 07, 2015

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8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

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8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

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March 06, 2015

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1:07 PM | Friday Cephalopod: Seachild
Then he waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something.

March 05, 2015

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4:00 PM | West Virginia, Mountain Papa? – Vaterschaft nach 120 Jahren
Immer wieder droschen sie auf ihn ein. Diese Kerle, armselige Räuber, die sie waren, kannten keine Gnade; sie würden ihn totschlagen. Und das für ein paar lumpige Dollar. Vor seinem inneren Auge zogen in den letzten Momenten des Lebens von Ezekiel “Zeke”Harper noch einmal Szenen aus seiner Kindheit und Jugend in Tucker County, West Virgina, vorbei, wie er…
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3:24 AM | Botanical Wednesday: It’s been a long time if I’m missing Oplopanax horridus
We had a blizzard this week. It’s bitterly cold right now. I was trying hard to think of good reasons to have left the Pacific Northwest, and this is about the only thing I came up with: Devil’s Club. They’re big. They’re prickly-spiky-thorny. They’re evil. You did not go blindly charging through the lush green…

March 04, 2015

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9:58 PM | Spock, Beakman y la ciencia
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 4 de marzo de 2015El pasado viernes murió Leonard Nimoy, actor querido por nerds y fans de la ciencia ficción de varias generaciones (desde la anterior a la mía hasta las actuales) por su inolvidable y definitiva interpretación de Mr. Spock, el oficial científico de la nave interplanetaria Enterprise, en la serie […]
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9:45 PM | Suicide in Northern Ireland is not linked to religious affiliation
Conventionally, religious affiliation is supposed to reduce the risk of suicide. In fact, the worldwide data show a rather patchy picture, probably because the effects of religion on suicide risk depend on the social context. One of the godfathers of the sociology of religion was a guy named Émile Durkheim. At the tail end of [Read More...]

O'Reilly, D. & Rosato, M. (2015). Religion and the risk of suicide: longitudinal study of over 1 million people, The British Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.128694

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9:45 PM | Suicide in Northern Ireland is not linked to religious affiliation
Conventionally, religious affiliation is supposed to reduce the risk of suicide. In fact, the worldwide data show a rather patchy picture, probably because the effects of religion on suicide risk depend on the social context. One of the godfathers of the sociology of religion was a guy named Émile Durkheim. At the tail end of [Read More...]

O'Reilly, D. & Rosato, M. (2015). Religion and the risk of suicide: longitudinal study of over 1 million people, The British Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.128694

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8:52 PM | A couple of “oldies” inject some sense into international politics
Politicking: Stephen Cohen on the Ukraine crisis and his ‘unpatriotic’ views At last – something sensible from an American perspective on the Ukrainian crisis and the new cold war. The trouble is – it’s a minority viewpoint and no-one in … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Diskussionsregeln
Anlass für den folgenden Beitrag ist die derzeit in vielen Medien hochkochende Debatte um eine mögliche Impfpflicht (, die ich übrigens befürworte) angesichts der Rückkehr der Masern in Deutschland und dessen Versagen, seine Zusage gegenüber der WHO, die Masern bis 2015 auszurotten, einzuhalten. Wie immer, wenn es um das Thema Impfen geht, werden von solchen Debatten Antiimpf-Trolle angelockt, die sich…
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12:28 PM | Vijf mythen over islamofobie deel 1 – Een uitvinding van khomeiny
In een serie van zes posts zal ik vijf mythen over islamofobie bespreken. Vandaag de eerste: het wijdverbreide idee dat islamofobie een uitvinding is van Khomeiny.

March 02, 2015

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8:13 PM | Open letter to Lisa Hansen on NZ Fluoridation Review
Dear Lisa, There are mistakes and misinterpretations of the scientific literature in your recent open letter to Sir Peter Gluckman and Sir David Skeggs. The letter also misrepresents the NZ Fluoridation Review (Eason et al., 2014) and the Fluoride Free NZ (FFNZ) report … Continue reading →

March 01, 2015

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9:40 PM | February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Image credit: Dear Kitty. Some blog There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake, … Continue reading →

February 28, 2015

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6:06 PM | An IS(IS) Reading List – Part One
I have compiled a short (well, that was the intention haha) reading list about IS(IS) and the politics that come with it. Mainly based upon recent work in the public domain I found these readings very helpful and inspiring for my own thoughts and work. If you have suggestions to add to the list, don't hesitate and contact me.
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