Mythbusters

In this series academics shoot down popular myths on complex topics.

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Myth: Brussels imposes nothing but annoying measures

Myth: Brussels imposes nothing but annoying measures

During the Brexit campaign, a popular and frequently repeated example of everything that was bad about the European Union, concerned the regulations concerning lawnmowers. The EU doesn’t allow them to be too noisy. Opponents shout that it is fu...

Myth: If children listen to Mozart, they become smarter

Myth: If children listen to Mozart, they become smarter

Available online at amazon.com: A Baby Einstein playpen with music by Mozart and Bach, a ‘self-discovery mobile’ to hang above the crib, with classical melodies and Baby 2 Be, a CD especially for unborn children, to listen to from the wom...

Myth: A passport is the crowning glory of a successful integration

Myth: A passport is the crowning glory of a successful integration

To the right of the political spectrum, the popular idea is that a Dutch passport is not an automatic right. The liberals in the VVD view it as a ‘first prize’. One that you don’t get just like that. You have to show that you have s...

Myth: Dyslexics have an imbalance between the left and right hemisphere

Myth: Dyslexics have an imbalance between the left and right hemisphere

Rope-skipping, practising motor skills, ‘reading’ plastic letters with your fingers, or ‘flashing’ letters and words in the left or right visual field. These are all methods of treatment that are regularly offered to children ...

Myth: Bioplastics will solve the plastic waste problem

Myth: Bioplastics will solve the plastic waste problem

You don't have to search for very long online to find the effects of ocean garbage patches. The Internet is full of images of turtles with six-pack rings around their shells, seals covered in ribbons of discarded plastic bags, and beaches littere...

Myth: The higher educated push the lower educated from the labour market

Myth: The higher educated push the lower educated from the labour market

The number of people with a higher professional or university education has increased enormously in the last decade. Whereas in the nineteen-fifties, a mere 5 per cent went to university or a school of higher education, now that is 50 per cent, says ...

Myth: Lyme's disease can hardly be treated

Myth: Lyme's disease can hardly be treated

It is the horror of every hiker: meeting the wrong tick. Something that may happen not only in the woods, but also in your own back garden. In fact, one third of all tick bites originates from there,  a recent investigation has shown. That is...

Myth: As robots and computers become smarter, we will be released from our responsibility

Myth: As robots and computers become smarter, we will be released from our responsibility

Self-driving cars, drones used in war zones, robots used to carry out surgical operations. Examples of computers playing a major role, but what happens if something goes wrong? What if a self-driving car doesn't stop at a zebra crossing? Who is r...

Myth: doctors can do a lot these days

Myth: doctors can do a lot these days

When prof. Harald Schmidt was a student, many lecturers and students raved about the holistic approach in medicine. Schmidt did not want to have anything to do with that “woolly babble”. He felt that if someone had a heart problem, y...

Myth: International organisations have too much power

Myth: International organisations have too much power

International organisations such as NATO and the United Nations were founded after the Second World War, just like the predecessor to the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community. Some people feel that they are too powerful and that too ...

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