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Quickies: Quackademic Medicine, the Inspiring Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Laverne Cox’s Playboy Interview

  • Dr. Oz and the Pathology of ‘Open-Mindedness’ – “In the pursuit of scientific discovery, where is the line between alternative therapies and ‘quackademic’ medicine?”
  • Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul – “In Afghanistan, skateboarding has spread to become the number one sport for women, as they are forbidden to ride bicycles. Soon after arriving and entering the girl’s world, Fulford-Dobson was accepted by the young Afghan skateboarders. She photographed the girls with natural light, helping to expose their personalities through simple portraits. Within the images you can see the girls’ natural confidence, images that capture the subjects both posed and candidly skating through the indoor facility.” From Amy.
  • Teen feminists changing the world in 2015 – “Challenging cultural appropriation and school principal censorship, meet the new generation of girl power icons.” (The first picture is a little NSFW.)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Inspires Budding Astrophysicist With Dyslexia – “Tyson tells Lois that, yes, people in his field absolutely struggle with dyslexia, and that they also struggle with ADD, dyscalculia and autism. He even tells her that it’s not just people now who live with these issues but that many important historical figures who have contributed a great deal to the STEM fields may have struggled with these issues, too.”
  • Laverne Cox Gets Naked, Exposes Radical Feminist Exclusionism – “When Laverne Cox decided to pose nude for Allure, she knew she was taking a risk. ‘Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards,’ Cox told Allure. ‘Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful.’ ” (It’s from Playboy so obviously NSFW.) From Radium.

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  1. It’s worthwhile to stress that in order to do astrophysics and related fields, school maths is *not* the most important skill. You don’t spend all that much time working numbers in your head. In a sense, school gives you a wrong impression about the priorities of the skills which are important in later work.

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