Look! A squirrel!

Here's a piece of advice if you're looking to improve your information-retention and critical-thinking skills: stop multitasking. A growing body of research is backing up what Nicholas Carr famously (or infamously) suggested in a 2008 Atlantic article ... that Google is making us stupid. Well, not so much Google itself, but the web's wonderful, infuriating, … Continue reading Look! A squirrel!

‘Recursive Fury’ sets off new furies and shocking retraction

As I've noted in my book, "Prove It! Fact-Finding Secrets of a Fanatical Online Researcher," climate change is a "controversial" subject not so much because of the science that supports it -- which is solid -- but because of its implications for society and the responses that will most likely be necessary. Scientists who research … Continue reading ‘Recursive Fury’ sets off new furies and shocking retraction

Mindless surfing and critical thinking don’t go together

There's no doubt the internet is an invaluable research tool. But it can also be a source of pernicious misinformation, astroturfed spin and virulent, hateful, troll-fueled content. As with every technology, it's how we use the web -- for good or for ill -- that makes a difference. New research now shows that going online … Continue reading Mindless surfing and critical thinking don’t go together