EdCompBlog: The Hole In The Wall: Self Organising... →
Designed an experiment to see if children can teach themselves anything (Kalkuppam Experiment - BJET). A poor, Tamil speaking, tsunami hit village school were given material on DNA replication (in English) and left them to explore and discover what they could. They thought they had not understood anything but had actually discovered an incredible amount - the bar we set as teachers are often much...
Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus →
Book Launch & workshop in the Hague on October 4th, free entry. http://bit.ly/bPq1lS Why do members of the public disagree - sharply and persistently - about facts on which expert scientists largely agree? We designed a study to test a distinctive explanation: the cultural cognition of scientific consensus. The “cultural cognition of risk” refers to the tendency of individuals to...
Cult of Less Blog: Is it possible to own nothing? →
Well, maybe not nothing. Nothing is a little extreme. But is it possible to own close to the nothing? I hope to have the answer to that question soon. Inspired by a a book or two, I’ve decided to try to see if I can rid my life of most of the clutter. The goal? Condense my life into 2 bags and 2…
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Help Pakistan - drop the debt
Pakistan’s people are desperately appealing for help after the devastating floods. Yet 30% of the annual budget revenues are being sent abroad to foreign creditors for massive loans made to unelected dictators years ago. I’ve just signed a petition to international lenders to immediately suspend the debt and I thought that you would want to join me.You can read more below, or sign the...