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Robots and humans :)
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Absolutely love this game! I introduced it to a class of 8th graders at a public school during an hour of code event here in LA and in teams of 2 they all raced through 6-7 levels, made them feel really motivated and excited about programming.
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I think that flat-earther forums can provide great educational material to start teaching elements of science and critical thinking to people who are... less-prone to it. I mean this very seriously (although I have not tried it to know if it has a positive effect). Reading something that you know it's preposterous, like "the earth is flat" yet be made to examine it and argue against it, might be very beneficial. 

Side note: the video mentions a special crossword puzzle from the 90s. Check it out, it's pretty cool :) (starts at 8:20)  
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Great article on consciousness by a neuroscientist researcher. He proposes the beginning of a theory for consciousness that his group in Princeton are working on. I am not fully satisfied with some of his arguments, but overall it is a great piece, something that you do not see often when people discuss consciousness (it's more likely to read about brain's quantum effect bullshit) 
Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the one that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?
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July 29, 2014. Discuss this comic in the forum. July 28, 2014. Whee! Discuss this comic in the forum. July 27, 2014. The new Weekly Weinersmith is up! It involves sharks. Discuss this comic in the forum. July 26, 2014. Discuss this comic in the forum. July 25, 2014 ...
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First time I hear such a clear message on how crooked the banking system was and still is!
William Black is a former bank regulator who’s seen firsthand how banking systems can be used to commit fraud — and how “liar's loans” and other tricky tactics led to the 2008 US banking crisis that threatened the international economy. In this engaging talk, Black, now an academic, reveals the best way to rob a bank — from the inside.
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Trying to model segregated societies created by only slightly racist individuals.

Very interesting educational material on emergent phenomena. This should be standard material in schools.
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We could solve much of the wrongness problem, Ioannidis says, if the world simply stopped expecting scientists to be right. That’s because being wrong in science is fine, and even necessary—as long as scientists recognize that they blew it, report their mistake openly instead of disguising it as a success, and then move on to the next thing, until they come up with the very occasional genuine breakthrough. But as long as careers remain contingent on producing a stream of research that’s dressed up to seem more right than it is, scientists will keep delivering exactly that.

“Science is a noble endeavor, but it’s also a low-yield endeavor,” he says. “I’m not sure that more than a very small percentage of medical research is ever likely to lead to major improvements in clinical outcomes and quality of life. We should be very comfortable with that fact.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/308269/
Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.
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I'm finishing supervising a 2nd year Biomed Eng project (8 groups of 6-8 students modeling an artificial kidney) & have seen alarming behaviors. In my experience, the exam culture of many is 'if you can't solve it, take a cheap shortcut - can't hurt'. You can imagine how this goes wrong in trying to do research.
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Some thoughts on education.

"What really matters is what happens inside a learner's head. And making a learner think, seems best achieved in a social environment, with other learners and a caring teacher"
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The basic idea in discovering rules. Watch this :)
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Ah ok, that's what you meant. Yes, I had a similar reaction. At the end I thought that this is a great game to get you thinking about how you find out rules.

As you point out in science it is not as easy since you do not have someone telling you: "Yes, this is the real rule!".

About your comment on dissidents vs mainstream science it's a very complicated issue. I would not claim that mainstream science is so conservative that only stifles innovation/progress and dissidents are the voice of truth :)

I am not sure what you mean with the Freud example. Was he the dissident, or was he the established science? In any case, psychology of the early 20th century is not a good example of science. It had the elements of moving towards a scientific discipline but I would call it mostly philosophy ;) 
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