‘Because of the success of science, there is, I think, a kind of pseudoscience. Social science is an example of a science which is not a science; they don’t do [things] scientifically; they follow the forms — you gather data, you do so-and-so and so forth but they don’t get any laws, they haven’t found out anything…. You see, I have the advantage of having found out how hard it is to get to really know something, how careful you have to be about checking the experiment, how easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself. I know what it means to know something, and therefore I see how they get their information and I can’t believe they know it…’
From “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out,” by Richard P. Feynman, Penguin Books 1999
It was reported this week that children in Luton are enjoying the benefit of a new program designed to boost literacy. It may surprise you to learn that this at no point involves the actual practising of reading, writing or even listening. Instead it is based around a fifteen minute exercise program that pupils are required to perform before they start their lessons and no, wait, please don’t leave, it’s all real I assure you.