I made a free VCE/VET Statistics Dashboard.
The Boys vs Girls tab and the Dropout Statistics pages are most interesting.
Why are girls 5.5x more than boys likely to drop out of VCE LOTE Arabic?
I made a free VCE/VET Statistics Dashboard.
The Boys vs Girls tab and the Dropout Statistics pages are most interesting.
Why are girls 5.5x more than boys likely to drop out of VCE LOTE Arabic?
Original code is here:
If you’re new to Python, go to the menu bar and click Runtime > Run all.
Then wait for around 20 minutes while this script scrapes data from the VCAA and generates an interactive scatterplot for you. When it’s done, there will be some interesting data files available for download from the file explorer on the left of the screen.
You’ll notice some interesting findings in the scatterplot, including the fact that boys outperform girls in biology, and girls outperform girls in physics! Girls outperform boys in 15 of the 20 most popular VCE subjects with the only exceptions being Chemistry, Biology (only slightly) and all three mathematics subjects.
Feel free to modify this code and repost it. There are some other interesting insights you could glean from the dataset. Enjoy!
This chart shows the percentage of students with a top 100 Asian surname among high-achieving VCE students (≥2 study scores ≥40) by subject with EAL students excluded from the analysis.
The proportion of high-achievers with Asian surnames was highest in the following subjects: Specialist Maths, Maths Methods, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting and English Language. Conversely, the least Asian subjects among high-achievers were Drama, Sociology and Theatre Studies.
All spelling variations of the top 100 Asian surnames listed on Wikipedia were included in the analysis, for example Li as well as Lee.
In this analysis, I defined “high-achieving students” as those who achieve at least 2 study scores ≥40. I then compared this with enrolment data to see how their subject choices differed from that of all students (from VCAA statistics).
Choosing these subjects doesn’t guarantee you a high grade. But it does provide some interesting insight into the patterns of high-achieving students, who are more likely to have chosen Specialist Maths, Latin, Chemistry, Global Politics, Physics and Literature.
The data book contains a wealth of information that’s hidden in plain sight. If you know how to read the data book properly, you can:
With schools closed due to COVID-19, it can be difficult to stay on track with your VCE studies.
That’s why I’m hosting my first VCE Chemistry study group for Year 11 students on Zoom this Saturday. We’ll work through a selected set of practice questions for VCE Chemistry Unit 1 until we finish them all, which should take around 55 minutes.
By signing up using the link below, you’ll receive a set of questions you need to complete in advance. This will form Part A of our stimulus material. Part B will be revealed during the Study Group on Saturday.
I’m James Kennedy, a VCE Chemistry teacher with 9 years’ experience, and plenty of experience teaching online. (You may have also seen one of my YouTube channels, books or appearances at chemistry conferences before.)
Many students are already using my Annotated VCE Chemistry data book.
Screenshots from real classes are shown below.
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Writing is hard. That’s why I enlisted the help of GPT-2, the world-famous writing robot, to write this travel guide to our beautiful planet.
To create this masterpiece, I first asked GPT-2 to list its favourite places on Earth. It listed 20 locations (and numbered them from 1 to 21 because it omitted number 13), most of which were real places. I then fed the list of places back into the writing machine one by one to generate each of the chapters.
Interestingly, it invented a few fictional places including one called “El Gringo del Diablo” (which is every bit as diabolical as the name suggests) and you can read about it in chapter 2. GPT-2 went off topic several times (something I’m still working on) and included recipes, interviews, news articles and stories in this travel guide as well.
This book is a sequel to Humanity, which GPT-2 wrote earlier the same week and is also available on Amazon.com.
Writing is hard. That’s why I enlisted GPT-2, the world-famous AI-powered writing robot, to write me a book overnight while I slept. After being trained by reading millions of real English-language articles on the internet spanning a wide range of genres, I left the machine running overnight to write me a book.
I didn’t ask it to write a self-help book. It decided that by itself. (In fact, in the test run, it wrote a very detailed news report about a bombing in Afghanistan… entirely fictional, of course.)
The machine occasionally got stuck. Sometimes, it would get caught in endless loops and write the same thing over and over again until I intervened. On more than one occasion, it would write “Yours sincerely,” or simply “THE END” and refuse to write any more. These trials were discarded until a coherent book emerged.
To create this masterpiece, I allowed GPT-2 to write whatever it wanted (with creativity set to “high”) without any input prompt. Fortunately, it wrote a numbered list… so I fed each of those list items successively back into GPT-2 (with “moderate” creativity this time) to create each of the chapters.
What emerged is this book, titled Humanity, which is a subjective reflection of human nature as we like to portray ourselves on the internet. It’s dark at times, uplifting at others, and there’s even a realistic (but fake) interview with Donald J. Trump.
Before we blame GPT-2 for writing things we find disagreeable, please remember that humans, collectively, taught GPT-2 literally everything it knows.
Examination reports are very useful but most students don’t read them. I’ve scoured the examination reports from 2017, 2018 and 2019 and analysed how many marks were awarded for each topic of the VCE Chemistry course, and recorded what percentage of students got these right. As usual, this revealed that VCAA asks more questions on topics that students frequently get wrong.
Tip for students: focus more of your attention on the red topics in the chart above.
Chapter numbers refer to those used in the Heinemann Chemistry 2 textbook.
Students obsess over significant figures and mole calculations… but these are only worth 1 and 16 marks, respectively in the final written examination. Over two-thirds of the marks in the VCE Chemistry written examination are awarded for written responses where calculations are not necessary.
Tip for students: focus on perfecting your written responses such as explanations of bonding, chromatography, protein structures, and, most importantly, critiquing experimental designs.
Plotting a graph of ΔATAR/study score vs ATAR gives an interesting curve: students whose ATARs are around 50 have the most to gain from an additional study score point. Above about 90, the incremental ATAR gain from a single extra study point is probably below the margin of error given the way in which ATARs are calculated.
Tip for students: check the entry requirements for your course and make sure you meet those first. If your requires, for example, a particular score in the UMAT or in English, make sure you get that score. If your course requires a particular ATAR, make sure you get that, too. Remember that these scores are just entry requirements for undergraduate courses; not indicators of self-worth.
This book is a collection of lies we taught to our Year 12 Chemistry students in their graduation year.
The lies include well-meaning simplifications of the truth, mistakes in the textbook, and, in a few extreme cases, blatant falsehoods.
This book isn’t a criticism of the VCE Chemistry course at all. In fact, I wrote this book to demonstrate the overwhelming complexity of Chemistry and the consequential need to make appropriate omissions and generalisations during our teaching as we tailor our lessons to the appropriate year level of students.
Rules taught as true usually work 90% of the time in this subject. Chemistry has rules, exceptions, exceptions to exceptions and so on. You’ll peel pack these layers of rules and exceptions like an onion until you reach the core, where you’ll find physics and specialist maths.
Click here to download We Lied to You (2019 edition).
NOTE: This entire post was written by GPT-2, an artificial intelligence writing robot. The opinions in this post are not necessarily my own.
I asked GPT-2 to write about 26 topical issues, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. The bold text was the initial prompt that I fed into the robot… and the rest was written by the robot itself.
Autism is on the rise because we’re not paying attention to all the signs of a potentially deadly brain disease. We’re not using our senses of sight and hearing as they are intended. We’re not teaching children about what causes autism and what we can do to prevent it. We’re not talking to our families about the needs of other people. We’re not helping kids learn how to protect themselves when they’re in trouble.
Brexit must be resolved by the British people, not by Brussels. The UK must stay in the EU, and the EU must remain a union of free, democratic nations. If we leave we must have the courage to make our own choice. No government can change the will of the people of this country and therefore the will of the people must prevail in the referendum. I am very pleased that, as a result of the discussions I have had this morning with a group of people, some of whom I will mention to you later, there is agreement that a vote on whether to leave the European Union must be held on 23 June. The people of this country will have the final say and if they vote to leave then the government must be prepared to negotiate a new relationship
Cryptocurrencies should not be regulated. They are, in my opinion, a fad that will eventually be seen as a scam,” he said. “The regulators should leave us alone.”
He further added: “A lot of people are putting their money in cryptocurrencies, but I do not see any value.”
In the future, he sees blockchain technology becoming more widespread, as it becomes more accessible to the general public.
“I believe in the future you will see a lot of people using blockchain. It’s a new technology, and people are now starting to understand its implications,” he concluded.
The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain start-ups.
Dyslexia can be mitigated by vernacular-based learning, as it is by English or other foreign languages, but this is not as effective as language training, which can significantly improve the cognitive processing of dyslexic children. Moreover, many dyslexic children in developing countries remain illiterate.
It is also important to consider the individual circumstances of a child. While an overachieving, hard-working individual with a good education and the support of a supportive family is unlikely to become dyslexic, a low-achieving individual is almost certain to become one. The same is true of a single parent with few skills, a single parent with low socioeconomic status, a child with a disability, a young person who is socially isolated, a student who does not get adequate attention, or an alcoholic.
Earth Day must evolve into a celebration of our nation’s history and legacy of environmental progress,” the official website for the event states.
The group also plans to focus on what’s wrong with modern-day industrialism, which includes the “carbon footprint” and the “energy-sucking” nature of “industrial agriculture.” The group plans to highlight the fact that many products and services — such as food — are created in “unabated” industrial operations.
But the day also will include a little bit of light relief: “Plants and animals will be the center of attention — from birds to fish to bees — and will be presented as examples of the incredible and enduring benefits of our food system and environment.”
Financial literacy should be mandatory for all school children. In order to achieve this goal, the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has proposed a national curriculum with the focus on history and social sciences. This is expected to be approved in the second half of 2016. However, according to research by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, the government’s initiative is not being well implemented.
According to the survey, almost 90% of the respondents in the age group of 25 to 64 years and 77% of those 65 and over felt that knowledge about history and social sciences in schools is not enough to be considered the minimum standard.
According to the ICHR, an estimated one in five adults do not have a basic understanding of the social and economic conditions prevailing in the past, and this is likely to worsen with time, which is why the government’s education policy should be implemented.
Greta Thunberg’s most recent climate speech focussed on iced water storage – “I know the people of California have no option but to move to ice.” – while in August, in a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the climate activist and author described the situation as “an international emergency.”
“There are so many other ways to put people in harm’s way,” Thunberg said in that speech. “How about putting people in harm’s way by moving them into frozen deserts and turning them into deserts in their own home? That’s not an international emergency, it’s just a tragedy.”
As reported by the LA Times in August, Thunberg’s book is based upon the experiences of a California water-scarce community. The Los Angeles Times writes:
“Thunberg is using the book as a way to make people understand just how badly water is running short in California’s driest state and how desperate the situation is for the people trying to survive”.
Hong Kong’s civil unrest continued to escalate on Wednesday, with an estimated 80,000-100,000 people gathering in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park and surrounding areas to demand that Beijing allow direct elections to decide the city’s leadership in 2017.
In the afternoon, a protester was shot dead by police near Mong Kok, in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district, as hundreds of thousands of people gathered to call for universal suffrage and the government’s resignation.
The death of Lau Ping, 25, was the fifth in a series of police shootings since Monday, with at least four people wounded.
It was unclear who had fired the shot but a police spokesman said that the man was believed to have suffered “non-life threatening” injuries. The police officer involved was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters marched to the government headquarters in Hong Kong’s Central district to call for Hong Kong’s leader, CY Leung, to step down.
The International Space Station should be iced and filled with air before it is launched into space to avoid the potential problem of a leak in the station’s cooling system during launch. This problem was experienced with a previous space station mission in 1996.
In order to avoid any problems, engineers are testing the possibility of using liquid oxygen and hydrogen, both highly flammable.
They are also testing the possibility of using ammonia, which is safer.
“In the final stages, as the station’s size is growing to a record of six tonnes, its internal volume will be reduced, meaning that the need for liquid oxygen will decrease and that for hydrogen the need will increase,” a senior engineer told Russian news agencies.
In the past the crew of the Mir space station, which has been orbiting the Earth since 1990, used a supply of water for cooling.
Japanese subway trains have a habit of not letting women on at all on their carriages, but rather using one of two doors. This can happen at any train station in Tokyo, even on the underground and on the Yamanote Line and Hikari Line.
On the subway, women have to show their passport, credit card, or phone number to be let on. They are even given a badge with a red cross and white triangle on it that they have to show to the conductor.
However, a group of women recently got the chance to ride on the trains during a special event. They were let on on at a number of subway stations all around Tokyo.
The group of women used this chance to ask the conductor if they could go to the restroom or get a cup of coffee, because they needed to change their clothes or get a cup of water. They were then given an automatic train fare.
The Ku Klux Klan must be completely dismantled and its members prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Klansmen have been photographed at the rallies by reporters and photographed by the news media, but they have also been seen at protests and gatherings by themselves. At Saturday’s protests, police said Klan members were seen making Nazi salutes.
The Klansmen have also shown up at protests organized by the Oath Keepers, a group of former U.S. military and law enforcement officials. At a rally in New Orleans, the group stood outside a Louisiana Statehouse surrounded by a police cordon.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has appeared at several of the rallies and said he was there because he believes in the right to bear arms and is not racist. The rallies come as the Ku Klux Klan’s white supremacist reputation has been fading for a long time.
Leadership comes from a place of love, not hate. It is from a place of acceptance, not condemnation.”
We’re going to be watching what happens in this country very closely, and the question is, will we live up to that standard and will we show that the country really is great again?
I’m going to bring our country together, and we’re going to make America great again, I will tell you that.
Mentos and Diet Coke for $2.20 (up from $1.49 last year), $2.50 (up from $1.19) and $2.75 (up from $1.34).
In a statement about the price hike, Starbucks said it is “making the changes to align with the rising cost of the typical Canadian household and to align with the changing consumer habits.”
The move comes as the coffee giant struggles to make up ground in Canada. It has been trying to cut its costs to stay competitive against rivals like McDonald’s, Tim Hortons and Dunkin’ Donuts, while maintaining its high-quality product standards.
Last month, Starbucks announced it would close 11 stores, including six in Toronto, after it announced plans to lay off 730 employees in an effort to cut costs.
The chain is also facing pressure from investors over its decision to acquire Blue Bottle Coffee, a San Francisco-based chain, for $1.25 billion.
Net neutrality should protect freedom of expression, as the First Amendment protects the right to speak, write, and publish in the public domain,” he said. “And it also ensures that the Internet remains an open network for innovation, competition, and free expression.”
But Wheeler said the FCC is also going to make a big push on the issue. “This proceeding is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of good policy,” he said.
“This proceeding is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of good policy.”
The FCC is taking up the net neutrality rules in part because Internet providers have been getting so big that they were able to gain too much power to shape how people use the web, and because the agency had no way of enforcing net neutrality rules without them. The new FCC chair is going to try to get the law passed through a combination of the Title II reclassification and a “fast lane” regulation.
Over-stressing about climate change should be considered a mental health issue that needs to be tackled. The problem here is that this can only be done with the help of scientists who understand the issue and are willing to work alongside us. This will have to include a broad spectrum of scientists, including those involved in the development of new technologies, including nanotechnology, which is the area of focus of Dr. Richard Happer, who was a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Happer is a professor at Princeton University. He is also the President Emeritus of the National Academy of Sciences.
The problem here is that we are not addressing the root of the problem. The problem is that we are focusing on one aspect of our planet’s atmosphere, instead of the bigger picture.
As I wrote on Facebook:
“A number of years ago I attended a conference, where a leading climate scientist talked about the possibility that man-made carbon emissions could cause an ice age (an age of prolonged darkness), according to a new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.”
A global warming theory holds that when the Earth’s surface warms up, water vapor in the atmosphere condenses into ice, which can then flow away from the poles to raise global temperatures. This ice, in turn, warms the water that is already on Earth.
“We know the ice sheet on Greenland is losing ice mass, but the reason why we haven’t observed changes in the Greenland ice sheet in the past is a question of how much ice mass is actually being lost,” said the study’s first author, Michael Mann, an atmospheric scientist at Pennsylvania State University in State College.
“The more we know about what the ice sheet is actually losing, the more confident we can be that we don’t have a problem here.”
Pentagon officials made a statement on Wednesday that the United States is looking at “options to improve communication with the Ukrainian government to prevent this loss of life and ensure that it does not happen again.” U.S. Army Capt. Gregory Hicks added that the U.S. is “troubled by the loss of life in Ukraine and condemns all violence. But we will not be distracted from our focus on protecting our own citizens and our allies.” Hicks also said the U.S. is “deeply concerned by reports that some have sought to exploit this tragedy for propaganda purposes. Such activity undermines confidence in the work of the Ukrainian government and its people and undermines efforts to engage constructively with the Russian government to de-escalate tensions in the region.” It’s unclear at the moment whether the Russians are making the same accusations, but the fact that the Russian Foreign Ministry statement was posted just after the Ukrainian government statement on the incident is very telling.
Queen Elizabeth II has made a ground-breaking statement about the importance of gender diversity at the highest levels of the armed forces. Her statement came in the form of a tweet and was quickly tweeted by a female servicewoman. Her tweet said “Women make amazing soldiers. It is time we had more”.
The Queen also retweeted a comment from female soldier who said that “there should be more of you and less of them”, the BBC reports.
She has not yet commented on the tweet, but she has now been congratulated on her message by fellow royals and MPs.
The Royal Family were also quick to comment. The Queen’s husband the Duke of Edinburgh tweeted “thank you for the message”. Prince Philip said: “We all need to welcome diversity.”
The Royal Household was also quick to praise female servicemen and servicewomen.
The Royal Navy tweeted: “We welcome the fact that a female Royal Navy ship officer has been appointed to her first command.”
Raccoons living in trees are generally quite cautious of people and they have a strong instinct to avoid them. However, some people have the ability to read a raccoon’s mind and predict where they are going to go next . To the raccoon, people look the same as a tree. If you are in a location that you are comfortable with, you are safer from a raccoon than in a location that you are afraid of. Don’t believe me? Consider this story from a woman who lives in the mountains of Wisconsin. A raccoon got up one evening and decided to leave the area where she was staying. She made an unsuccessful search of the trees surrounding her home and eventually found the raccoon near her car. The raccoon tried to get into the car, but the woman grabbed a pair of scissors and held it to the raccoon’s face. The raccoon left with no problem and the woman went back to her car.
Sesquiterpenes in essential oils is used for skin-conditioning. Its action, similar to that of aspirin, is to lessen the pain of inflammation. Many plants have been found to have antiseptic properties. This plant, Salvia divinorum, is often used in traditional medicines to treat gout and rheumatism. It is also used to treat asthma and arthritis.
Salvia lavandulifolia is known to stimulate the immune system and is commonly used in traditional medicine to prevent colds and influenza. It also possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic properties. Salvia officinalis is also an effective anti-inflammatory. Aromatic plants, such as Salvia officinalis, contain many components that have a therapeutic effect, including aldehydes, aromatic acids, and terpenes. This plant also has many beneficial properties, especially in treating respiratory conditions, such as allergies.
Transgender people in the military should not face the same discrimination as gay men and lesbians. However, transgender people have been discriminated against throughout U.S. history, from the 19th century onward, with transgender people often excluded from the right to vote, held in inferior military service, denied the use of women’s bathrooms, and denied access to health care and housing. The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which banned pay discrimination based on gender, did not specifically include transgender individuals, who were still subject to exclusion from all forms of civilian employment.
Transgender people in the military need the same protections and opportunities as everyone else, as outlined in the 2014 policy and in Defense Department Instruction 1320.18. The Department of Defense has determined that transgender people are able to meet the physical, mental, and moral standards of military service. However, given the unique characteristics of transgender individuals and the limited information about their medical and surgical needs, the Department is not in a position to provide additional medical treatment to people undergoing gender realignment.
The United Nations sustainable development goals were not created in a vacuum and they must be based on a genuine international consensus.
The United Nations has worked hard to make the Sustainable Development Goals the first major global development agenda since World War II, but its efforts have come under attack from those who believe that only market economies and free market policies should be used to achieve the goal.
This is a serious error. A sustainable development goal needs to be built on the basis of a genuine international consensus.
As the UN secretary-general and the Sustainable Development Goals Commission have stated, “it is up to all of us, including governments, civil society and civil society organisations, to work for a new vision and the implementation of a new development goal” (Sustainable Development Goals Commission, 2012).
Vacuum energy in the universe could, in principle, provide the necessary power to run an entire starship,” said study lead author Professor Zoltan Istvan. “However, the most important thing is not so much the power source as it is the vacuum itself. We have calculated how to create a vacuum environment so strong that even the most powerful lasers and fusion reactors would fail.”
Istvan and his colleagues believe that their new idea could open up a new world for exploration.
“When we look back into the distant past, it is obvious that the universe is much older than we had imagined,” said co-author David Grinspoon. “This discovery has opened up an entirely new frontier of possibility. The power of the vacuum is not simply a physical force, it is an expression of the universe’s nature. By understanding the force of the vacuum, we are able to see into the deepest depths of time and space, where we can observe the birth of the birth of the universe from the time of the Big Bang.
Water shortages in the Middle East and North Africa and a prolonged winter are expected to be the most serious threats to the region’s food supply. These events have led to shortages of basic foods such as wheat, sugar and dates, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization expects the worst to hit in October, when winter crops are at their peak.
The UN believes that food shortages will worsen with climate change, which has resulted in rising temperatures in many parts of the Middle East and North Africa.
Crop yields in Egypt are currently estimated at 9.4 bushels per acre, while production in Saudi Arabia is estimated at 9.7 bushels per acre, according to the World Food Programme. The latter country is particularly at risk from a drought this year as a result of El Niño, which is predicted to affect the whole of the Middle East and North Africa, with severe impacts on farmers.
Xenophobic people tend to be anti-immigrant, and I think it is because they see their own cultures as somehow inferior, which is an important element in how these kinds of arguments start. The anti-immigration argument was pretty much the first argument to pop out of the American Right at the end of the nineteenth century. It is a very interesting and important issue, but it is not an argument that any rational person should take seriously. It is a sort of racism, and a sort of xenophobia, and a sort of misogyny. I think it has much more to do with anti-Semitism and anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiment than it does with racism in the broad sense. I’ve been very much struck by the way that some people in the West have made a lot of noise about the fact that this kind of thing is really a sort of expression of racism and xenophobia, and it is the most anti-White argument that is being made.
Yesterday’s news came as no surprise to local experts. “We had no idea that this would occur. It was a surprise that this could happen so quickly,” said Richard Loughlin, chief of emergency services at South Central Florida Hospital.
Loughlin said there were no reports of the incident until this morning. “This has a direct impact on our staff. The staff is upset, they are distraught, there are a lot of questions,” he said.
The hospital is offering counseling to staff.
Loughlin also said that the hospital has taken steps to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again, and that a plan has been put into place to provide for the staff involved in the incident.
According to local media reports, the accident occurred at the hospital in Orlando, Florida, where the two children were being treated for a severe allergic reaction to an over-the-counter product.
The children were being treated by the emergency services.
Zoos are ethically and scientifically responsible when they release animals into the wild. But we can’t allow a situation where a zoo is killing an animal in the wild and we can’t find out about it because the animals are too expensive or they have an endangered gene in them.
We can’t let animals in the zoo be killed to satisfy the financial demands of a corporation or to fulfill a political agenda. These are both wrong.
We need to be aware that there are people in power.
There are people in power who have no interest in the well being of the world’s animals. We know this because they are the ones who have said it so many times.
That’s why I think it is so important that people in power speak out for the animals.
For example, the government of New Zealand is now paying a corporation millions of dollars every year to kill endangered animals to satisfy their demands.
The essay below was written by GPT-2, an AI writing bot. I typed the first sentence in blue… and the machine wrote the entire rest of the essay.
Chemophobia is defined as the irrational fear of compounds perceived as synthetic. Some people feel like they are being sprayed with an unknown chemical, and their eyes, nose, and skin are inflamed, burning, and itchy. This fear of unknown chemicals has led to several incidents where people have reported being exposed to chemicals they thought were harmless.
The fear of synthetic chemicals is not new, but it has recently increased in popularity. The concern about synthetic chemicals has been exacerbated by a rise in sales of synthetic fragrances, cosmetics, and personal care products. This is partly because companies can now make chemicals that do not have to be tested for safety before they are marketed.
The term ‘synthetic’ is often used as a blanket term for any chemical with an unknown origin. The American Chemical Society, a scientific and professional organization based in the US, defines synthetic as an “electronic or chemical compound that is produced artificially” and is “comparable to a natural molecule” but with the added ability to be made more stable, more potent, and more easily manufactured. These synthetic chemicals, which include plastics, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, and other everyday items, are the latest and the greatest in the war against nature and the destruction of the environment, and we are witnessing their impact in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.
In order to be considered as synthetic, the chemical must meet one of two criteria. First, the chemical must have been produced artificially. A drug that is made by genetically engineered organisms is a synthetic chemical. Another example is a chemical used to make certain pharmaceuticals, including the antibiotics used in humans.
A third definition of synthetic is that the chemical is synthetically produced. This means that the chemical is not naturally occurring or derived from a naturally occurring source.
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for approving or withholding approval of substances for use in food. This includes both foods and drug products. The FDA will consider many factors in determining whether a substance is a drug or food. These include, but are not limited to: the presence of the substance in the food or drug product, the strength, purity, potency, and composition of the substance; and whether it is necessary for the safety and efficacy of the food or drug product.
A drug must have been approved by the FDA. It is also important to note that if a substance is being used to treat a particular disease or condition, the FDA has the authority to regulate the use of that medication to protect the health and safety of those taking it.
If a drug or food is used in the treatment of cancer or to increase fertility, the FDA may require that the substance be registered for those purposes.
Synthetic chemicals are considered safe by the EPA. Natural chemicals are considered safe to drink. This is a good thing, in my opinion, but there are no tests to prove it. We have no way to know that they are safe to use, and we have no way to know that they aren’t.
When you read the labels on all of the chemicals found in pesticides, you’ll be left with a feeling that you’re eating poison.
In the book ‘Walking Through Toxic Walls,’ author and toxicologist Michael Dourson describes the effects of pesticide residues on humans. He writes that:
“Even low concentrations of pesticide residues are toxic and can cause chronic effects such as infertility, cancer, and reproductive dysfunction. We are all exposed to the same chemical cocktails in our everyday lives, and if any of them cause harm, we need to know about it. We need to be sure we are eating safe foods, using safe cleaners, or using safe household chemicals.”
For some people, organic is not sufficient. They want to be sure their food is healthy, and they want to make sure they are using clean, safe products. Some organic products are organic in name only, and they do not guarantee the quality of the product. The USDA Organic seal is an imperfect means of ensuring product quality, but many people still want to use organic because it means they are doing what’s right for the Earth.
Organic foods are not necessarily healthier. This is why we believe in “Food for Thought.” If you think about your food choices and where you are spending your money, you are spending too much on foods that are processed or chemical laden. And we all know that junk food is just not good for us. So how do you choose to buy organic food?
Our website has a list of organic produce stores, and many of them offer a large variety of organic products. You can click on the logo of any of these stores to learn more about what they offer. The links to the stores are listed in the green bar below, in the “Organic Products” section. You can also check out our list of recommended organic food places and blogs to help you find organic foods closer to home.
(Written by GPT-2, an AI writing machine.)
My fourth edition of Fighting Chemophobia is now available on Amazon.com.
This edition is paperback and black-and-white throughout… hence the low price.
Chemophobia is an irrational fear of chemicals. It includes the fear of aluminium in vaccines, methylparaben preservative in cosmetics and formaldehyde residue in shampoo. Since the early 1990s, advances in toxicology have allowed scientists to detect traces of adulterant substances in everyday products – even down to parts per billion concentrations. Toxicological research has shown most of these substances are in such low doses that they pose zero threat to our health.
Nonetheless, we get scared. We overreact to harmless, negligible sources of contamination and buy “natural”, “organic” and “chemical-free” alternative products at elevated prices because we’re psychologically pre-disposed to think they’re safer. Consumers are victims of aggressive marketing and misleading labelling from “natural” and “organic” companies, who exploit our psychological quirks to expand their market share.
The supposed onslaught of toxic chemicals that special interest groups describe simply isn’t happening. Our products are safer than ever, yet people are becoming more scared. Consumers suffer from guilt, anxiety and mental stress of being coaxed into paying a hefty price premium for “natural” skincare products that are neither safer nor more effective than conventional ones.
This book explores the history of chemophobia and the recent events that amplified it; and describes how consumers, teachers, doctors, lawmakers and journalists can fight chemophobia by tackling the social issues that underpin it.
James Kennedy is the creator of the All-Natural Banana ingredients set of posters and the T-shirt store sporting the same designg. James is a British-born Chemistry teacher currently working in Australia. Since graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Masters degree in Natural Sciences, he has pursued a passion for science communication and science outreach by using festivals, lectures, posters and T-shirts to make chemistry more open and accessible for the public. He is a vocal pro-chemistry advocate and writes articles online and speaks occasionally in radio and podcast interviews. James’ first published book, Fighting Chemophobia, stemmed from a need for people to understand and cure chemophobia by seeing chemicals in a more rational light. He has been teaching for 8 years and researching chemophobia for 3 years. He lives with his wife and daughter in Melbourne, Australia.