Mythbusters

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

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Myth: Companies are only after maximizing their profits

Myth: Companies are only after maximizing their profits

Over a thousand deaths to regret and more than two thousand people injured. These were the sad consequences of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. The day before, cracks were discovered in the walls of the eight-story building. Al...

Double myth: The contraceptive pill is harmless / The contraceptive pill causes thrombosis

Double myth: The contraceptive pill is harmless / The contraceptive pill causes thrombosis

“I don't want to scare you,” says Hugo ten Cate, professor of Clinical Thrombosis and Haemostasis, every time he gives a lecture on the relation between the contraceptive pill and thrombosis to third-year medical students. &ldquo...

Myth: low interest rates can't last

Myth: low interest rates can't last

“When interest rates have been low for some time, people are likely to think that they can rise at any moment,” says Dennis Bams, professor of Risk Management at the School of Business and Economics. “That is of course not so strang...

Myth: Technology is neutral

Myth: Technology is neutral

“This notebook is biased,” says philosopher Darryl Cressman, as he takes it out of his bag and puts it on the table. It may lie there looking quite innocent, but as it turns out, it completely overlooks about 10 per cent of the world&rsqu...

Myth: Lawyers make the difference during police interrogations

Myth: Lawyers make the difference during police interrogations

Crime suspects can bank on being invited by letter to come in for a chat at the local police station. In serious cases, suspects can even be picked up at any hour of the day or night. Fortunately, suspects are not on their own. Since 1 March 2016, la...

Myth: you have the power over your own happiness

Myth: you have the power over your own happiness

Anyone who thinks negatively, attracts negative situations and circumstances, says the Law of Attraction, the force of nature as explained in the bestseller The Secret (2006). So, what should we be doing? Think positively, and you will see that happi...

Myth: Illegal downloading is here to stay

Myth: Illegal downloading is here to stay

In 2012, the Dutch providers Ziggo and XS4All blocked The Pirate Bay, the website that epitomizes the download culture. The block lasted two years, but had very little effect: 70 per cent of the downloaders appeared to have found alternative routes t...

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...

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