Monday, September 28, 2020

Medicine & Health

The Orange and Black Market

The illegal trade in wildlife parts is now worth 10 billion dollars a year, making it the third most valuable illegal commodity in...

After the dust settles, the BS appears

I intended to write lots on this blog about pseudoscience, but people like me who have been living in North-Eastern Japan have been...

Living in a Radioactive Japan

Since yesterday morning, the situation in Japan has become much more serious, which is hard to believe considering the damage already done. The...

Second Wave of Tōhoku Crisis

The first wave of earthquakes in and around Japan was unbelievable. One massive earthquake of magnitude 9 (it was recently upgraded), making it...

The Great 2011 Tōhoku Quake

I was well aware of the Great Kantō Quake of 1923, which killed 140,000 people in and around Tokyo. I was also well aware...

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous – Korean Slave Edition

Two years ago to this day, at 15:30, Jang Ja-yeon complained in a phone call with her sister that she was overwhelmed by...

This is how you see Japan

If you are a Westerner, by now you already have a preconceived notion about the culture of Japan. Maybe you don’t know much,...

Work-Life Balance

Nigel Marsh, the Australian author of “Overworked and Underlaid ,” gave a fantastic talk at TEDxSydney about a year ago, which just came...

Ignorance is Bliss: How homeopathy works, and why it doesn’t

I’m going to explain homeopathy in three sentences, but just know that I’m not making any of this up. Homeopathy is based on...

Social Psych

The Secret to Happiness Revealed (No, seriously)

Being happy makes you not only live longer, but it makes you more successful in life. Philosophers have been writing about happiness for ages, and...

Third Culture Kids and Hybrid Cultures

Where are you from? If you’re like most people, the question seems easy enough to answer. But if you hate getting asked that...

Implicit vs. Overt Racism – Are We All a Little Racist?

I hesitate to say “there are two types of racists out there,” but there are two types of racism. One is the blatant...

Scientific Consensus and the Obvious Truth about Global Climate Change

I often ask questions in my article titles, but the question “are we responsible for climate change?” is simply unnecessary. From the overwhelming...