Fake news may be more prevalent in times of crisis, but the author of this article, French cognitive scientist Hugo Mercier, believes that most people are not as gullible to misinformation as many headlines claim.
As we are still being repeatedly bombarded with spam containing conspiracy theories and other misinformation related to the COVID-19 virus from Wuhan, climate change, and various other topics, it is about time we took another look at some more tools that are at our disposal for disproving and countering such stupidity.
With the passing of the 75th anniversary of the horrific firebombing of Tokyo, it is quite bizarre reading a story that is written from the very biased perspective of someone who has never had to admit his own country’s genocide, or to come to terms with the Japanese population’s complicity in such horrendous crimes from the late 19th century right up until the end of World War II.
This week’s article highlights some of the many challenges to staying healthy in modern society. The Taiwanese government’s efforts in educating the public on the deadly effects of pollution, and specifically particulate matter which is smaller than 2.5 micrometres in size, known as PM2.5, is admirable and certainly to be lauded.
Imagine going on a trip to another country to see the sights and learn about the culture, only to be arbitrarily imprisoned by that country’s government because someone on your tour was sick.
With the amount of misinformation, disinformation, and flat out lies circulating the internet now, especially related to the Wuhan coronavirus, it is worth considering how you might avoid falling for what looks like seemingly honest, useful or accurate information, but which is actually designed to mislead or confuse you.
It is now common for people to wear a mask when out in public. Can surgical masks really protect you though?
What problems can you identify with Taiwan’s education system? If you are not or have not been a lecturer at a university in Taiwan, you probably will not consider lecturer’s low pay to be a significant contributing factor to the broken system.
Is the Wuhan virus going to be the next SARS, bird flu or Ebola virus? Only in the coming weeks will we know how serious this pandemic could become, but it’s not the first horrible disease humans have contracted from animals, and as long as humans continue to eat animals, it’s certainly not going to be the last.