Mythbusters

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

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Myth: Shattering a myth is easy

Myth: Shattering a myth is easy

For the past two years, scientists have tried to shatter 71 myths in this column. The principle was always: people once received incorrect information about the subject, so if we tell them how it really is, they will no longer believe in the myth. Un...

Myth: The severer the injury, the more pain someone has

Myth: The severer the injury, the more pain someone has

A man jumps from a height on a construction site. He lands on a nail that goes right through the thick sole of his shoe. Screaming with pain, he is carted off to hospital. Once there, it appears that the nail went straight between two toes. There is ...

Myth: physical proximity is crucial for a family

Myth: physical proximity is crucial for a family

Dutch migration laws in the nineteen-eighties included a rule that family members should not be separated for longer than two years. After such a period, the family connection was broken and migrants lost the right to family reunification. “Thi...

Myth on Looted Art: what was stolen, remains stolen

Myth on Looted Art: what was stolen, remains stolen

You take something from me without my consent, so logically I want it back. Whether it is a piece of jewellery, a bicycle, a car or a pen. It is the same with art. Even if it was stolen eighty years ago or maybe even longer and I can prove that the o...

Myth: Being unhappy with your body encourages healthier behaviour

Myth: Being unhappy with your body encourages healthier behaviour

A picture of a fat baby, accompanied by the text ‘When you realize it’s almost summer, and your winter body has gotten out of control’. This is the introduction to one of the latest UM Sports newsletters, urging readers to get &ldqu...

Myth: All lawyers are just profiteers

Myth: All lawyers are just profiteers

Flashy guys who work on the Zuidas, live in luxury penthouses and tear around in the latest Teslas and Jaguars – and all at the expense of ‘the ordinary man’ who they laughingly charge exorbitant hourly rates. This image of lawyers ...

Myth: A religious marriage is merely symbolic

Myth: A religious marriage is merely symbolic

When a marriage no longer works, you break up. Divorce proceedings are started and if all goes well, both partners can go on to live their own lives. At least, that is how it works with a civil marriage. But for those who have vowed ever-lasting fide...

Myth: the innocent always have a good alibi

Myth: the innocent always have a good alibi

If you have done nothing wrong, you needn't worry when the police come knocking on your door. That is what most people think. But just imagine: you are on your summer holidays, you go from one party to the other. The days are stringing into an en...

Myth: “Governments need to cut back in times of economic crisis and spend in good times”

Myth: “Governments need to cut back in times of economic crisis and spend in good times”

Governments need to cut back in times of economic crisis and spend in good times, so the thinking goes. On the contrary, says economics professor Tom van Veen. “When things are going well with the economy, people spend money and companies want ...

Myth: Profits and sustainability don’t go together

Myth: Profits and sustainability don’t go together

‘Principles cost money’, professor of Finance Rob Bauer thought in 2001 when he started his research on the performance of sustainable investment portfolios. Taking account of the environment and working conditions for employees is bad fo...

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