Tag Archives: bias

17. Can Glyphosate Research Be Trusted?

In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, last but not least comes a post about the integrity of research, how funding may influence research results, and what corporate involvement with scientists may entail. And if scientists mostly are not influenced … Continue reading

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Why It’s So Hard to Talk About GMOs

Despite our best intentions, discussions about GMOs often quickly degenerate into shouting matches. If we really want to make a difference, we should consider the psychology of how and why our views are formed, and help others do the same. Instead of eagerly fighting with facts, the effect of kindness and curiosity on a debate could surprise you. Continue reading

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Plants Don’t Have Problems

As a preteenĀ I wished that all humans would disappear from the planet and the beauty of nature would be left to flourish unhindered. I imagined I would be offered a big red button and IĀ could annihilate the human race with … 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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