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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

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of FOMC members’ speeches, September manufacturing PMI

The U.S. Treasuries jumped Friday as investors await the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members George and Kaplans speech, scheduled to be held today by 13:30GMT and 17:30GMT respectively. The yield on the...

German PMI surges to 6-1/2 year high as manufacturing booms

Germanys private sector economy ended the third quarter strongly, with business activity growth accelerating to the fastest in almost six-and-a-half years, according to flash PMI survey data from IHS Markit. Improved...

RBNZ unlikely to alter monetary policy stance next week, due to election uncertainty: Westpac Research

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is expected not to alter its monetary policy stance at its meeting next week, owing to election-related uncertainties. The RBNZ has run a very consistent line on monetary policy over...

USD/INR likely to trade towards 65 level with support at 64, says Scotiabank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to trade towards the 65 level with the 64 support, but the pair will be buffered against a sharp and persistent depreciation given the nations large foreign reserves that rose to a...

JGBs gain tracking following U.S. Treasuries after North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb attack

The Japanese government bonds gained tracking similar momentum in the U.S. counterpart after North Korean leader Kin-Jong-Un said that the North would consider the highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history...

Politics

Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol...

India at 70: after the celebrations, single-party dominance menaces democracy

Seventy years ago, Jawaharlal Nehrus famous Tryst with Destiny speech not only marked Indias independence from British rule but also expressed the vision for a united, democratic, egalitarian and modern country. Not...

Can corporate America afford to walk away from President Trump?

After campaigning as the candidate best able to work with business, President Donald Trump has shown he is anything but. A stream of resignations from high-level business counsels hit a crescendo recently when Trump was...

Little prospect of regime change in Russia short of a popular uprising – and that's unlikely

Vladimir Putins power in Russia can often look unassailable. However much Western media might champion potential opponents, the president maintains a tight grip, and its easy to see why. Any successor to Putin who was not...

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

There are those who say that comparing President Donald Trumps rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler is alarmist, unfair and counterproductive. And yet, there has been no dearth of such comparisons since the 2016...

Science

Scientists Create Robots The Size Of DNA Strands That Can Rearrange Molecules

Robots are great for a lot of things and can perform functions that humans would either have a hard time accomplishing or simply would not be able to do. Among the latter case is rearranging the molecules of a living...

China Signs Deal With Israel Over Lab-Grown Meat, Food For The Future

With the world facing the global crisis known as climate change, most countries are doing whatever they can to reduce carbon emissions. However, one of the biggest contributing factors to greenhouse gasses that is rarely...

How diseases can be targeted using nanotechnology – and why it's difficult

Scientists are designing materials that are a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair. Known as nanomaterials or nanoparticles, some could help treat diseases. However, the engineering of particles for...

Denmark Finally Sells Last Oil Company For $7.45 Billion

As a country committed to fighting climate change and reducing its carbon footprint, Denmark is finally selling off the last remaining oil company in the country. The oil firms were owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and the...

Trump’s Pick For NASA Head Is Not A Scientist And A Prominent Climate Change Denier

The Trump administration has proven to be incompetent in filling crucial roles with qualified people, evidenced by an anti-EPA EPA head and an anti-DOE head of DOE. Now, the president has nominated a non-scientist who is...

Technology

Amazon Planning To Sell Smart Glasses And Smart Security Camera

Amazon is currently dominating the smart assistant market with Alexa and its Echo speakers, but the online merchant giant is planning to extend its list of products to include smart glasses and smart security cameras....

Developer Calls EA ‘Corporate Monsters’ For Allegedly Trying To Destroy His Studio

Slightly Mad Studios is the company behind some truly amazing racing titles in the video game industry, including Need For Speed: Shift. The CEO of the studio Ian Bell recently had a candid conversation with YouTuber...

Resident Evil 7 Chris Redfield Revealed In New Trailer

The upcoming free downloadable content for Capcoms Resident Evil 7 game is only a few months away, and the publisher released a new trailer featuring franchise icon Chris Redfield. Since the first Resident Evil game, the...

Wall St. Hack Cause Havoc Among Lawmakers And Investors

Being the victim of a hack is never a good thing, but when the target is a top US regulator overseeing trading at Wall St., the situation becomes catastrophically more consequential. This is exactly what the U.S....

Really Big Original Xbox Controller Available For Xbox One

Gamers who have used or owned the original Xbox will remember the big, bulky Duke controller that made playing games either fun or way too much of a hassle. This peripheral is being brought back and is compatible with the...
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143.4 %

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143.3 %

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JPNikkei Mfg PMI

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52.2 bln $

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116.0 %

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115.9 %

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124.8 %

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124.6 %

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107.9 %

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107.9 %

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78.8 %

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110.7 %

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