Posts by Johny Krahbichler

Peer Review VS. Public Review

Peer Review VS. Public Review

How is scientific research evaluated? Usually through peer-review. Other researchers versed in the subject look through the work and check for errors or ways it can be improved. That’s all good and well, one or more people look over your work and validate it. But what if the general public possessed the knowledge to do […]

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for […]

What is Herd Immunity, and how does it work?

You may have heard the term ‘Herd immunity’, and how it prevents outbreaks of diseases depending on how large percentage of a population is vaccinated against said diseases. But what is it? And how does it work? The short answer, the fewer potential hosts for the bacteria or virus to spread to, the harder it […]

Wise Words By Carl Sagan About Scientific Literacy

Wise Words By Carl Sagan About Scientific Literacy

Carl Sagan the astronomer known for being probably the worlds best science popularizer had as you might expect quite a lot to say about the issue of scientific literacy. In fact the book Demon Haunted World is almost exclusively about scientific literacy and the issue of pseudoscience and why we believe in it. I have […]

Internet Censorship Just Became Legal In Sweden

Internet Censorship Just Became Legal In Sweden

The Patent and Market Court in Sweden has just made a ruling that a Swedish internet provider (ISP) has to completely block two filesharing websites. This may seem innocent enough, after all they are just trying to prevent the theft of intellectual property, right? However a few things about this ruling are particularly strange, and […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Addresses The Current Scientific Illi...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Addresses The Current Scientific Illiteracy Crisis

Last week astrophysicist and science populariser Neil deGrasse Tyson held a speech at Greensboro Coliseum, addressing the current crisis of science illiteracy that we are facing. Here is a summary of that speech: “Americans overall are bad at science. Scared of math. Poor at physics and engineering. Resistant to evolution. This science illiteracy,is a threat […]

Help Us Send A Representative To The Science Marches In W...

Help Us Send A Representative To The Science Marches In Washington DC

We are currently looking for donations to send one of our representatives to Washington DC for the pro-science protests in April. Depending on how much of our goal we raise we plan to attend both the March For Science (22nd of April) and The Peoples Climate March (29th of April). Besides joining the protest we […]

Study Attempts To Identify The Most Ignorant Countries In...

Study Attempts To Identify The Most Ignorant Countries In The World

The supposedly most ignorant places in the world have been named based on a survey of people’s knowledge about their own country.

Good Intentions Coupled With Ignorance Is Harming The Env...

Good Intentions Coupled With Ignorance Is Harming The Environment

When we think of who is hurting the environment we often get this idea of an evil villain type of character, CEO of BP, Donald Trump, etc.. But much more commonly found is the regular Joe who considers himself informed, and as far as they know are doing their part to help. However, due to […]

It is well within our power to destroy our civilisation

Carl Sagan explains the immensity of space and time and the importance of the decisions we make now. Our choices as a species right now is what will decide whether we can colonize space, and survive beyond the lifteime of our planet, and the sun. That’s why scientific literacy is so important. We are all […]