Science vs Science

Here’s Alex (and others) on the ABC podcast Science vs talking to Wendy Zukerman about reproducibility in science.

Some people have called our current situation a reproducibility crisis. It’s hard to know how to define, exactly, the word crisis. But what we do know is that, of the efforts to try to systematically reproduce findings, whether they be in cancer biology, whether they be in psychology, the success rate has not been impressive.

More on this subject from me, soon.

The neuroscience of illusion

In a Smithsonian article currently doing the rounds (Teller reveals his secrets), magician Teller gives his ideas on how magicians manipulate the mind. This led me to another great article that appeared a couple of years ago in Wired on the same theme. And that led me to Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde‘s paper in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, which counts among its authors Teller, James Randi, Mac KingApollo Robbins and Johnny ThompsonAttention and awareness in stage magic: turning tricks into research can be found here.