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Metro.co.uk: Autism school 'devastated' after two staff die in M4 crash between lorry and minibus

Metro.co.uk: Autism school 'devastated' after two staff die in M4 crash between lorry and minibus

An autism school has been left ‘devastated’ after two members of staff were killed in a motorway crash involving a minibus and lorry.

Tragedy struck on the M4 on Thursday afternoon as a group from Prior’s Court in Berkshire returned to the specialist school after taking three young adults

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Metro.co.uk: Christine McGuinness rubbishes rumours of a reality show as she tears up talking about autistic …

Metro.co.uk: Christine McGuinness rubbishes rumours of a reality show as she tears up talking about autistic …

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Christine McGuinness has laughed off rumours she and husband Paddy are starring in their own reality TV show.

Rumours surfaced that the parents would be opening their home to a camera

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Metro.co.uk: Paddy and Christine McGuinness to launch reality show on life as parents to kids with autism

Metro.co.uk: Paddy and Christine McGuinness to launch reality show on life as parents to kids with autism

Paddy and Christine are heading back onto our tellys for a reality show (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Paddy and Christine McGuinness have reportedly begun filming a reality show following their lives as the parents to autistic children.

The celeb couple have five-year-old twins Leo and Penelope have the disability,

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Metro.co.uk: I had to fight for my daughter's autism diagnosis – there's still a belief that it just affects boys

Metro.co.uk: I had to fight for my daughter's autism diagnosis – there's still a belief that it just affects boys

Natasha (centre) with Lexi and husband Paul (Photo: Natasha Harding)

As I watch my daughter’s slightly clumsy interactions at the park, I hold my breath. Will the other child reciprocate, or are Lexi’s advances of friendship going to be shunned?

My little girl appears sociable, looks people in

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Metro.co.uk: Christine McGuinness defends her autistic twins after lady 'complains' about the noises they were …

Metro.co.uk: Christine McGuinness defends her autistic twins after lady 'complains' about the noises they were …

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Christine McGuinness has shared an emotional video in which she defended her children in the face of another lady.

While playing with her twins Leo and Penelope, five, who have autism,

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Metro.co.uk: Here's how people start believing the Earth is flat, according to science

What exactly happens when a previously normal person suddenly decides – against all the evidence – that the Earth is actually a magic pancake floating in space?

A new study has thrown light on how people stick to irrational beliefs – such as the idea that the Earth is flat, or that vaccines cause autism.

And no, it’s not because they’re really, really stupid.


How do you start believing this is an accurate picture of our planet? (Getty)

Instead, the researchers at UC Berkeley found, it’s about the ‘feedback’ people get – such as from others on social media – which boosts people’s certainty.

The researchers found that people’s beliefs are more reinforced by positive interactions – rather than by logic, reasoning or proof.

Lead author Louis Marti, a Ph.D. student in psychology at UC Berkeley said, ‘If you think you know a lot about something, even though you don’t, you’re less likely to be curious enough to explore the topic further, and will fail to learn how little you know.’

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Senior author Celeste Kidd said, ‘If you use a crazy theory to make a correct prediction a couple of times, you can get stuck in that belief and may not be as interested in gathering more information.’

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The researchers asked 500 volunteers to identify a made-up shape known as a ‘daxxy’, giving them feedback as they ‘learned’ what a daxxy was.

The final results showed that participants consistently based their certainty on whether they had correctly identified a Daxxy during the last four or five guesses instead of all the information they had gathered throughout.

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Marti said, ‘What we found interesting is that they could get the first 19 guesses in a row wrong, but if they got the last five right, they felt very confident.

‘It’s not that they weren’t paying attention, they were learning what a Daxxy was, but they weren’t using most of what they learned to inform their certainty.’

‘If your goal is to arrive at the truth, the strategy of using your most recent feedback, rather than all of the data you’ve accumulated, is not a great tactic.’

10 reasons Flat Earthers say prove the Earth is flat

The horizon always appears perfectly flat – except in NASA and other government pictures, which are obviously faked (as part of the global conspiracy)

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You never have to look down to see the horizon, no matter how hard you rise. If Earth were a real globe you’d have to look down

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If Earth really was a sphere hurtling through space, the water would be wobbling all over the place, instead of staying flat.

Here are 5 reasons that so many people believe that the Earth is flat
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If Earth really was a globe, rivers such as the Mississipi would have to flow uphill to reach the sea – flowing uphill 11 miles in its 3,000-mile length.

Coldest temperatures in nearly twenty years

If Earth really was spherical, helicopters would be able to hover in place and wait for their destinations to come to them.

Pro-cannabis protesters gather in London's Hyde Park to call for the drug to be legalised during the 420 demo Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 20 Apr 2016 Credit: Seb/WENN.com
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The railway from London to Liverpool is 180 miles long. If Earth really was a globe, it should be 5,400 feet high over Birmingham.

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If Earth really was a globe, airline pilots would constantly have to adjust their controls so as not to fly off into space.

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If there actually were billions of stars in the night sky (Flat Earthers think there aren’t), the entire sky would be full of light.

If Earth was constantly spinning, aeroplanes would never be able to reach their destinations due to the 500mph headwind.

If Earth really is spinning, bullets fired upwards would land hundreds of feet Westwards. They don’t.

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Metro.co.uk: Autistic girl, 13, stranded in Portugal after being kicked off flight without family

Metro.co.uk: Autistic girl, 13, stranded in Portugal after being kicked off flight without family

A 13-year-old girl with autism was left ‘hysterical’ after being asked to leave her return Ryanair flight home in Portugal.

Daisy Jarvis was stranded for ‘hours’ at Faro airport after airline staff wouldn’t accept that she was travelling with her close family on August 17.

As a result, the

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