Science

  • What Does It Mean For The Show To Go On?

    Earlier today a rag-tag group of people gathered in Northridge Park in Coralville, Iowa. I walked over to a table and saw some little children drawing on pennants with puffy paint. They were creating dedications to my son. One looked up at me and asked, as she would have any nearby grown-up, “How do you spell Charlie?” I spelled it…

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  • A Time to Re-Open…

    I started tweeting about this a little bit ago, but I now realize it might be enough thinking to be its own post. On Monday I was invited to give a talk, hosted by some old friends and new collaborators. On the way there, I was thinking about what I would talk about and looking through my slides. So many…

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  • Do We Prefer Nature Walks Because of Fractals?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Well, it happened again: I saw a new science paper that sounded interesting, started reading, and fell down a rabbit hole. The subject this time? Fractals. It all started with this press release I found out of the University…

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  • How America’s Got Talent Reinforces the Myth of the American Dream

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I just went on vacation for a week and prior to leaving I stopped by my local used book store, which in my opinion is the greatest retail outlet a neighborhood can have, to pick up a sultry beach…

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  • Study: Political Opponents are More Stupid than Evil

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Last year, one week after Donald Trump convinced hundreds of Republicans to storm the US Capitol to find and lynch Mike Pence – sorry, sometimes I say a sentence and my brain just breaks little bit…okay, I’m good, let’s…

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  • Focusing on the Cut and Shoot…

    I’m not sure that it’s possible to describe the worst day of your life. It’s been almost three weeks since I lost one of the brightest stars at the center of my galaxy. The first week was a whirlwind. Family flew in, casseroles arrived, cards and flowers, the lady who helps us clean came more than necessary, but it was…

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  • Why Those Who Understand Evolution are Less Likely to be Bigots

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: So I saw this study the other day titled “Bigotry and the human–animal divide: (Dis)belief in human evolution and bigoted attitudes across different cultures,” and to be honest I almost gave it a pass: like, sure, I get it,…

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  • Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Abusing Monkeys & Stealing Science?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Today I would like to talk about reported controversies with a biotech company called Neuralink, which ordinarily wouldn’t be a big deal but this company is owned by one Elon Musk, so if you happen to watch this video…

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