Category Archives: Counterintuitivities

Nukes in Japan

I find it hard to imagine anything more counterintuitive than the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe in Japan. The only place in the world that has suffered nuclear attack is Japan. The only people on earth who have ever been … Continue reading

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An Online University with a Football Stadium?

Buying Legitimacy: How A Group Of California Executives Built An Online College Empire Huffington Post March 10, 2011 by Chris Kirkham CLINTON, Iowa — Inside the red brick campus of Ashford University, perched on a bluff above the Mississippi River, … Continue reading

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Do Green Cars Cause More Emissions?

Well, we certainly hope not, but in the spirit of counterintuitive thinking, we have to admit, it’s a strong possibility. Ever since airbags, drivers are less likely to feel they need seat belts and therefore more likely to drive without … Continue reading

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Change is Danger; the Status Quo Can Kill

Driver Accused of Injuring Brazil Cyclists By MYRNA DOMIT and J. DAVID GOODMAN Published: March 2, 2011, New York Times SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The monthly bicycle ride known as Critical Mass began in the southern city of Porto Alegre … Continue reading

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More Counterintuitivities

We Only THINK We Learn Better Using our “Preferred Learning Style” This claim is far from proven, but on the other hand, there’s very little proof that we DO in fact learn better when using our “preferred learning style.” The … Continue reading

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Counterintuitive Budget Cuts

I try to keep my politics in check in the classroom and just be upset about everything no matter which side of the House it comes from, so I apologize that this article has Republicans in the title and wants … Continue reading

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Theory: Dispersants in the Gulf will last longer and do more damage than the spilled oil

I hope you’re finding me helpful, not only an irritant. If you hate your topic already and need something counterintuitive—and quickly!—and no other suggestion I’ve offered appeals to you, here’s another I’m working on that might turn out to be … Continue reading

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Does CSI Make it Harder to Convict Criminals?

Is it possible long exposure to “procedural TV shows” like CSI has tainted jurors’ expectations? Do citizens sitting on juries expect investigators to have DNA results in 20 minutes, or to employ extremely high-tech methods to catching and convicting every … Continue reading

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When a Pack of Cigarettes Costs $222

If you don’t know already, the team of journalists responsible for the book Freakonomics and the New York Times column of the same name, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, have greatly influenced my thinking about thinking. They have … Continue reading

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“the true true no longer, and the false true not yet”

Consider: the darkening ease, the brightening trouble; the pleasure pleasure because it was, the pain pain because it shall be; the glad acts grown proud, the proud acts growing stubborn; the panting and trembling towards a being gone, a being … Continue reading

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