Episode #775

News Items

  • Carbon Dioxide and the Pandemic
  • Distrust of Expertise Online
  • Closest Black Hole to Earth
      • Interview with Gerald Posner

          • https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07THB8GRL/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Fiction

              Researchers find that multitasking in the office leads to greater satisfaction and decreased depression. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200511154850.htm

            • Item #2 Science

              A new study finds that choosing leaders partly at random reduces abuse of power. https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/randomly-selecting-leaders-could-prove-to-be-a-remedy-for-hubris

            • Item #3 Science

              A study of teen video gamers finds that 10% display pathological video game addiction. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-video-game-addiction-real.html

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            “You might use a simple model and find weird behavior and ignore it. But you shouldn’t ignore it, because that very weirdness is significant.” Dr Robert May