Some humans might prefer to read the entirety of this study, rather than see any summary that we or anyone else would provide: “Monkeys Prefer Reality Television,” Eliza Bliss-Moreau [pictured below], Anthony C. Santistevan, and Christopher J. Machad, PsyAxXiv, DOI 10.31234/osf.io/7drpt, 2021. The authors are at the University of California Davis; Flatiron Health, Inc., New […]
This news article explores whether a particular science study corresponds to reality. The news article is “Will a vegetarian diet during pregnancy drive your child to drugs and drink?“, by Sharon Begley, published in Stat. The science study itself is “Meat Consumption During Pregnancy and Substance Misuse Among Adolescent Offspring: Stratification of TCN2 Genetic Variants,” published in […]
Most of what’s here on the Improbable Research site is real — we supply citations and links so you can see for yourself. Now our reality-based site has been honored as one of the “Top 25 Parody Blogs on the Planet.” This is perhaps symbolic of the times, in which the new President of the United […]
A professor cooks up some computer simulations, which convince him to try to convince everyone that reality is unrealistic. Amanda Gefter interviewed the professor, for The Atlantic magazine: “The Case Against Reality“. NEXT POST: Type A personality from a chair?
The number 3 draws much of the focus in this study: “The intriguing human preference for a ternary patterned reality,” Lionello Pogliani, Douglas J. Klein [pictured here], and Alexandra T. Balaban, Kragujevac Journal of Science, 27 (2005): 75-114. The authors, at Università della Calabria, Italy and Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA, explain: “Number three […]
David Dobbs wrote an essay (for Wired) called How to Set the Bullshit Filter When the Bullshit is Thick, about how to go about interpreting reported news about science. Dobbs does not say it, but the situation may be even worse when it comes to interpreting reported news of almost any other kind. (Thanks to […]
Our grip on reality is slim, says UCL scientist That’s the headline on a press release issued on June 24, 2007 by University College London. Reading the headline obviates the need or desire to read further details.