The Anthropomorphism Wars

“Crowboarding: Russian roof-surphin’ bird caught on tape” proudly announces a YouTube video that went viral a few years ago. The general public excitedly clicks ‘play,’ not realizing that they have just stumbled upon one of the most divisive topics in the field of animal behavior: anthropomorphism. Anthropo-what? Anthropomorphism is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary …

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What’s Significant? Unpacking the P-Value

Douglas Adams once famously wrote that the “answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” I beg to differ. For many scientists, the answer is any number less than or equal to 0.05. Why, you ask? The answer lies in p-values. If you’ve never worked heavily with statistics, you might …

Science Doesn’t Prove Anything

“Science proves it: Money really can buy happiness” – LA Times “Science Proves That With Practice, Your Brain Can Become Better At Tasting Wine” – Huffington Post “Science Proves You Can’t Hold Your Baby Too Much” – parents.com What’s wrong with these headlines? The phrase “science proves” is one of my biggest pet peeves. Writers love it because it’s dramatic and attention-catching, but it’s also incredibly misleading. This may come as a surprise, but science doesn’t prove anything. It never has. It never will.

Three Easy Steps to Read About Science Like a Pro

Doing science is hard, but for many, reading about science is harder. However, learning how to read and think critically about science is a valuable skill in today’s fast-growing world of information and innovation. Here are three easy steps you can take today to read science like a pro: