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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.

How do you know that what you know is true? That's epistemology

Aug 07, 2017 07:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

How do you know what the weather will be like tomorrow? How do you know how old the Universe is? How do you know if you are thinking rationally? These and other questions of the how do you know? variety are the business...

Film festival reveals the passion, emotion and disappointment that can come with science

Jun 13, 2017 16:05 pm UTC| Science Entertainment

The International Science Film Festival SCINEMA is currently screening in Australia, and presents science features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental productions from filmmakers around the world. I...

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

JPMorgan leans on trading, investment banking to boost profits

JPMorgan Chase Cos net income rose to $12.1 billion, or $3.79 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from the previous years $8.5 billion, or $2.57 per share. The performance also surpassed its expected earnings of...

Xi Jinping urges Starbucks and its chairman emeritus Howard Schultz to help improve US-China ties

Xi Jinping, the president of the Republic of China, reportedly called on Starbucks to help patch things up and restore its ties with the U.S. To be more exact, the Chinese president was said to have asked the former CEO of...

French govt opposes foreign group's takeover of Carrefour

France is opposing any takeover of retailer Carrefour by a foreign company to preserve its food security and sovereignty, said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. According to Maire, the acquisition by a foreign...

Electric car sales in China reportedly skyrocket by 10%

The electric car market in China is growing, and in fact, it was reported that the country achieved a 10% increase in its EV sales last year. The data was only revealed this week as the computation of sales cant be...

S. Korea approves Netherlands-based brokerage IMC to do business locally

Netherlands-based brokerage house IMC was green-lighted by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) to operate a financial investment and brokerage business in South Korea on the condition that its subsidiary serves as a...

Politics

Donald Trump impeached by House for the second time

The attempt to pressure Ukraine into digging up dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden led to Donald Trump getting impeached in 2019. In his final days as president, Trump has been impeached by the House the second...

Donald Trump humiliated: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull blasted for Capitol riots

The world was shaken by the insurrection done by rioters in support of Donald Trump at the Capitol that has forced world leaders to speak out. This also includes former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who...

Joe Biden foreign policy: POTUS-elect inherits diplomatic conflicts left by outgoing administration

It is no secret that president-elect Joe Biden will inherit a lot of problems either created or unresolved by the Trump administration. However, recent moves in foreign policies by the outgoing administration may be left...

Joe Biden inauguration: POTUS-elect will no longer take Amtrak to ceremony out of security concerns

President-elect Joe Biden is known for his preference of taking the Amtrak train from his home in Delaware and to Washington over the years. However, in his upcoming inauguration, Biden may not be able to take the train to...

Science

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Four ways microbial fuel cells could revolutionise electricity production in the future

The world population is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050. Given that most of our current energy is generated from fossil fuels, this creates significant challenges when it comes to providing enough sustainable...

Technology

PS5 restocks available on Jan. 15 via Sony Rewards

PlayStation fans are getting another chance at finally scoring a unit of the new-gen console PlayStation 5 this week. Sony announced that it has a scheduled restock before the weekend. Where to look for the next PS5...

Signal, Telegram record higher app downloads than WhatsApp over the last week

WhatsApps privacy policy changes have sparked discussions on the types of user data being collected and how messaging apps handle them. The discussions have likely helped Telegram and Signal gain momentum in app downloads...

Netflix could add spatial audio support by spring 2021, report claims

Netflix could be joining other streaming platforms in offering spatial audio support to users with the necessary devices. The upcoming feature was reportedly being testing and planned to be released within the first half...

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag ships on Jan. 29, followed by SmartTag+ ‘later this year’

Samsung just announced a series of tracking devices with two variants using different types of wireless connections. First to launch this month is the Galaxy SmartTag that will be an apparent Tile tracker competitor....
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