Friday Links: Being Wrong

Posted on December 7, 2012 by

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TRUE FACT: when writing this post about being wrong, I wanted to look up that TED talk about being wrong, and so I went ahead and googled “karen armstrong being wrong.” Trouble is, I was looking for Kathryn Schulz. Karen Armstrong is a religious historian (and a good one; I read her book on Islam in college). So yes. Being wrong.

(Here’s that video:)

And the links:

One Rule to Ring Them All – If you’re not always sure whether to use “who” or “whom”, don’t worry – the only people who are are wrong.

“Person of the Year” Nomination for Higgs Boson Riddled with Errors – Frankly I’m just surprised that the folks at Time thought the Higgs Boson was a person.

How Pompeii Perished – This fascinating and gruesome description of Pompeii’s demise points out that it was ash, not lava, that proved the city’s undoing.

First we get proof of heaven; now the secret of immortality. – These jellyfish hold the secret to immortality! But not really! Science journalism gets out of hand.

Are You Smarter Than Your Grandfather? Probably Not. – Why the global rise in IQ scores might not mean what you think.

No, 10,000 Hours of Practice Won’t Make You An Expert: 10 Facts That Really Aren’t Facts – A lot of times people repeat things that are wrong or misleading. Here are 10 you’ve probably heard.

They Cracked This 250-Year-Old Code, and Found a Secret Society Inside – Linguistics, cryptography, freemasons, oh my! Despite all of the above, it turns out the conspiracy theorists were right! (About some things. Sort of. Did anyone propose a theory involving a shadowy group of optometrists?)

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