Monthly Archives: June 2012

Are the ESL Programs in Japan Doing More Harm than Good?

When you see the same mistakes being made over and over by different people – which you will inevitably see in the English education system in Japan – then the problem is clear. It’s not an individual thing; it’s a … Continue reading

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God on Trial (A BBC Masterpiece)

With a day before the next batch of Jews are to be dragged off to the gas chambers in another day during the Holocaust, a group of learned prisoners decided to conduct a trial. Perhaps it was to distract themselves, … Continue reading

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Top 10 Safest and Most Dangerous Countries in the World

The Global Peace Index was released for 2012 recently, and it’s surprising in some ways, and totally expected in others. Nations were rated for safety, based on a wide range of factors, including: homicides, violent crimes, violent demonstrations, police activity, perceived … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia is NOT Multiple Personality Disorder

“Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia.” –Vittorio Gassman Most people erroneously believe that schizophrenia is the mental disorder characterized by alter egos, … Continue reading

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Western Games Are Becoming More Popular in Japan

A decade ago, if you asked a gamer what the best video game ever made was, some of the most popular answers would be Super Mario Brothers, Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger, and Ocarina of Time. These still frequent many lists … Continue reading

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The Science and Art of Being a Sniper (15 Top Documentaries)

Snipers are one of the best-used weapons in armies and law enforcement agencies all over the world. The lone sniper hides behind an open window, waiting for the perfect opportunity. Their guns fire several kilometres away, so they can take … Continue reading

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Skeptikai Reaches Another Milestone! – Admitting Being Wrong

I made a mistake. I recently published a post critiquing a research article on the notion of “gaydar,” investigating whether or not it may have been “bogus science.” My conclusion was essentially that it was poorly conducted. I still maintain … Continue reading

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Why Are Scientists Wasting Time When They Could Be Curing Cancer?

When a scientist does something like genetically modify a fruit to make it seedless, create a cement mixture to keep roads from being worn out by seasonal changes, or finds new information on insect pollination, the public reaction is predictable. … Continue reading

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