Monthly Archives: February 2015

Following the Money

Science is the most difficult instance to bribe, because the only currency it accepts is evidence. Continue reading

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On Farming, Animals, and the Environment

The way I see it, being labeled organic really shouldn’t stand in the way of choosing environmentally friendlier methods. Looking at the evidence I can find, sadly at this time this seems to be the case. Continue reading

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Delving Deeper into the Roots of Organic

I would love to hear news of the organic agricultural movement getting ready to adopt a more evidence-based approach, no longer shunning methods solely on the claims of not being ‘natural’ enough.
And who knows, maybe it will happen? Continue reading

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Am I Biased? Are You?

Bias is a mental heuristic, and it can be as useful as it is dangerous. How can we know if we are blinded by bias? Continue reading

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Injecting Kindness into the Debate

Vaccines are a topic that stir up a lot of emotions. How should we talk about them? Will anything we do make a difference? What if we frame the question somewhat differently: can we make a difference by the way behave in our interactions with other people? Continue reading

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Why Science?

Why science? Because science is the one gig in town that’s sitting down around the table and thinking hard on ‘how can we truly know something?’ Continue reading

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Shamelessly Serendipitous

This piece is about my journey as a writer from one language to another – from Finnish to English. It was originally published in The Woolf, a literary online publication in Switzerland, in their summer 2014 issue themed Exploitation. It’s about the linguistic exploitation of one’s mother tongue as a non-native writer. Continue reading

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