How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

Wow. Thanks for sharing this.

Violent metaphors

Update (8/30/14): I’ve written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you’d like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu.

Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I’d been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?

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New From M. B. Weston: “The Survivor” Told on Video

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At DragonCon, I debuted my new live storytelling session at my reading, where I told (not read) my new short story, “The Witch Hunter,” from the point of view of the main character, who happened to have Alzheimer’s. (Yes, I had to act like an Alzheimer’s patient.) So many people have asked me about where they can find videos of me telling stories since then, and I realized that I debuted my new YouTube channel while everyone was packing and preparing for DragonCon, and several of you didn’t see the updates.

If you missed it, here’s what I’ve been up too. Please check out  my first series of storytelling videos. This series is called “The Survivor,” and I’ve adapted it from my steampunk short story of the same name. (Here’s the link to the book information.) In this tale, an assassin named Angelica Blackmore is assigned to a dangerous…

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