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Skepchick Sundaylies! PUAs, Student Comprehension, ENIAC Bartik, and a Mother’s Intuition

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DBT Skills: Radical Acceptance
Olivia walks us through the last DBT skill.

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias
With each passing step, The Game just gets creepier. (Trigger Warning.)


Bios: Jean Jennings Bartik (en español)
Silvia shares the story of this amazing programmer.

School of Doubt

Use Microsoft Excel to be More Data Driven (Part I)
Keith gives some techniques for using spreadsheets to assess student comprehension.

Grounded Parents

Guns Don’t Kill People, Toddlers Kill People
Erich talks about the recent tragedy where a mother was shot by her two-year-old son with her own gun.

Internet Vaccine “Research” and Google U
Emily makes the point that sometimes we just need to trust experts and trained professionals. If you have doubts about a diagnosis, seek a second opinion from another professional in that field, not a random internet forum with armchair “experts.”

Why I Don’t Believe in Mother’s Intuition
Having so-called “Mother’s Intuition” is not a superpower. Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re not. According to Jenny, “Describing motherly intuition as some sort of powerful tool implies that there’s a way to prevent bad things from happening to our children or ourselves, if only we would just trust our guts. Or faith. Or positive thinking. It negates the powerlessness we all experience at some point in our lives, whether it’s a chromosomal abnormality or cancer.”

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