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Peter Ellerton

Peter Ellerton

Lecturer in Critical Thinking, The University of Queensland

Director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project and lecturer in critical thinking in the school of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Degree in Education and post graduate degree in Philosophy. Master of Contemporary Science from the ANU. Former Head of Experimental Science at the Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Facts are not always more important than opinions: here's why

Apr 18, 2017 06:02 am UTC| Insights & Views

Which is more important, a fact or an opinion on any given subject? It might be tempting to say the fact. But not so fast… Lately, we find ourselves lamenting the post-truth world, in which facts seem no more...

What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?

Sep 15, 2016 17:17 pm UTC| Science

Claims that the the science isnt settled with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of ignorance about how science works. So what is the scientific method, and why do so many people, sometimes...

Why there's so little real argument in today's political debate

May 30, 2016 04:20 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Some of the critics who watched Australias political leaders go head-to-head during Sundays federal election debate were not impressed by what they saw. Dour and pedestrian wrote one, full of carefully scripted answers...

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Economy

Australian bonds rally tracking strong global debt market; investors await next week’s RBA policy meeting

The Australian government bonds rallied on the last trading day of the week, tracking firmness in the global debt market. Also, investors are eyeing the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA) monetary policy meeting, scheduled...

FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 28th April 2017

Lots of economic dockets and events scheduled for today and some with high volatility risks associated. Data released so far: Australia: Producer price inflation grew by 1.3 percent in the first quarter from a...

FxWirePro: Mexican Peso whipsaws on Trump comments

The Mexican peso reached its weakest point since mid-March after President Trumps commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said that the United States is imposing duties ranging from 3-24 percent on five Canadian companies that...

Central Bank of Russia likely to continue cautious monetary easing, hitting 8.50 pct by end-2017: Dankse Bank

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) is expected to cut the key rate by 25 basis points to 9.50 percent, as does consensus, at its monetary policy meeting scheduled to be held on April 28. CBR governor Elvira Nabiullina...

US under Trump Series: US will not terminate NAFTA but renegotiate

President Donald Trump and his team decided against pulling the plug on North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after the President held two separate phone calls with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the...

Politics

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Ukrainian crisis, from the Maidan protests and the annexation of Crimea to the violent conflict in Donbass, has led to an unprecedented deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. As early as 2014, the West...

Jakarta governor election results in a victory for prejudice over pluralism

The long, divisive campaign for governorship of Indonesias capital city Jakarta is finally over, with unofficial results showing a decisive victory for the challenger Anies Baswedan over the controversial incumbent...

Ethiopia needs a multi-party democracy to end the crushing impact of corruption

A paradox has played out in Ethiopia over the last decade. While its economy has thrived, its political landscape has been overwhelmed by rampant corruption. In 2013, for example, more than 50 high profile people,...

The evolution of France's left and right politics, from the 1789 French Revolution to this year's election

France is heading to the polls on April 23 for the first round of its presidential election. This election holds particular importance for the European nation, which finds itself at a crossroads, with its whole political...

Turkey's constitutional referendum: experts express fear for a divided country

Unofficial results from Turkeys April 16 constitutional referendum show that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has won the right to expand presidential power. The yes campaign has won 51.37% of the votes while no has...

Science

Earth Day Protest Highlights Desperate Situation Of Science And Existing Hope

A few days ago, the world celebrated Earth Day. It was meant to be a time when humanity recognized the importance of Mother Nature, highlighting its plight in some form of solidarity. However, what ended up happening is...

Degrees of separation: companies shed degree requirements to promote merit over qualifications

At the end of 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that close to two-thirds of all Australians had completed a degree or apprenticeship. The growth in the number of people attending a university or...

Death metal: how nickel played a role in the world's worst mass extinction

Around 250 million years ago, life on Earth nearly came to an end, in a mass extinction between the Permian and Triassic periods known as the Great Dying. Some 90% of the species in the oceans and 70% of vertebrate...

Proof: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it's time for a new mission

Ever since studies started suggesting that chemical reactions between water and rock on Saturns moon Enceladus could provide enough energy in the water to feed microbial life, scientists have been searching for proof that...

"Pathogen hunters": citizen scientists track plant diseases to save species

Plant diseases threaten food security and sustainability. They affect ecosystems and change natural environments. They cost money, too. An enormous amount is spent globally each year to control these diseases; the damage...

Technology

Facebook Finally Admits Allowing Malicious Propaganda And It's Not Their Problem

Whatever Mark Zuckerberg and his team of PR professionals might have said in the past, theres a clear correlation between Facebooks lax stance on misinformation and the impact of fake news on society. It would seem that...

Uber Self-Driving Car Head Forced To Step Aside Amid Waymo Lawsuit

With so many fires that it needs to put it, it would seem that Uber finally realized that it cant keep operating as if nothing is happening if it wants to survive. To this end, an email from the cab-hailing firm confirmed...

Every picture tells a story, but visualisation can tell the right one

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But how much data can a picture capture? Or, more interestingly, how can a picture tell a story thats hiding in data? Our eyes can process vast amounts of information...

We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

Trials of autonomous cars and buses have begun on the streets of Australian cities. Communications companies are moving to deploy the lasers, cameras and centimetre-perfect GPS that will enable a vehicle to navigate the...

Traditional Burial Practices Harms The Environment, Humans Cause Damages Even In Death

In yet another addition to the mounting evidence against humans as destructive forces on the planet, scientists recently found that even in death, people still cause harm to the environment. Traditional practices of...
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