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April 15, 2014

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10:00 AM | CRTKL: Homeopathy and Ritalin
If you missed my talk entitled “CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture”, here’s a clip from it: Continue reading →

April 14, 2014

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10:00 AM | CRTKL: The Barriers to Critical Thinking
If you missed my talk entitled “CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture”, here’s a clip from it: Continue reading →

April 10, 2014

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9:47 PM | CRTKL Follow-up: The Videos You Didn’t Get to See
First of all, I want to thank everyone who came to the “Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture” last night at McGill University. I received great feedback from the people who came to see me afterwards and it was particularly stimulating for me to be talking about critical thinking to people outside of the usual local … Continue reading →

April 08, 2014

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12:08 PM | Geocentrism – Seriously?
I just saw the trailer of a new movie, The Principle. The movie is produced by Robert Sungenis, who writes the blog Galileo Was Wrong. Sungenis is what we technically call a kook. He believes the earth is at the center of the universe and that there was no Jewish holocaust, but rather the Jews were [...]

April 07, 2014

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11:36 AM | Raw milk enthusiasts want you to drink a bacterial stew. Yum.
Sometimes it is astonishing how ignorant people can be. Now it's the turn of fans of "raw milk," a new fad that is sweeping the U.S.I still remember reading milk cartons as a kid, and asking my parents what "pasteurized" meant. While I don't remember exactly what they said, I'm sure they told me that it made the milk safe by killing bacteria. Even as a kid, I understood that bacteria in my milk were probably a bad thing.Louis Pasteur is one of the most famous scientists in history, and rightly […]
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1:06 AM | Pandering to anti-fluoridation campaigners
Social media can be bloody frustrating at times. I do find Twitter useful for identifying interesting newspaper reports, scientific articles and videos – often long before I would see them myself on other sources. But, boy, there is loads of … Continue reading →
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1:06 AM | Pandering to anti-fluoridation campaigners
Social media can be bloody frustrating at times. I do find Twitter useful for identifying interesting newspaper reports, scientific articles and videos – often long before I would see them myself on other sources. But, boy, there is loads of … Continue reading →

April 06, 2014

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11:20 PM | World of Batshit - №1: Sky Demons Part one in a series examining...
World of Batshit - №1: Sky Demons Part one in a series examining some of the most ridiculous claims. In this part, we look at a channel claiming that aircraft are holographic “sky demons” signifying “end times”, and discuss how easy it is to be an end times fraud. via Cool Hard Logic.
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11:00 PM | Royal Society of Canada OK with Wi-fi
Another evaluation says wi-fi networks show no evidence of harm. Now from Canada. Royal Society of Canada says Wi-Fi appears safe, exposure limits fine Canada’s Royal Society (equivalent to the US’ National Academies of Science) has just completed an evaluation of the county’s safety standards for wireless devices like Wi-Fi and cellphones. The review, done… Source: Doubtful News

April 05, 2014

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11:20 PM | Ovatko uskomuslääkkeet tulossa apteekkien hyllyille?...
Ovatko uskomuslääkkeet tulossa apteekkien hyllyille? Apteekkariliitto vastaa. Apteekkariliiton farmaseuttinen johtaja Sirpa Peura korjaa harhaanjohtavaa uutisointia homeopatian ja muiden uskomuslääkkeiden nykytilanteesta ja tulevaisuudesta apteekeissa. 0:51 Ovatko homeopaattiset valmisteet yleistymässä apteekeissa? 1:47 Mikä on Apteekkariliiton kanta homeopatian toimivuuteen? 2:09 Kuuluvatko uskomuslääkkeet apteekkien hyllyille? 3:02 Kuka vastaa […]
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12:00 AM | Dr Stephen Law on Young Earth Creationism "But it Fits!"...
Dr Stephen Law on Young Earth Creationism "But it Fits!" (looking at Young Earth Creationism) - Dr. Stephen Law (Heythrop College University of London) speaking at the Centre for Inquiry UK event on science and pseudoscience at Conway Hall, London. Filmed by Jon Bagge. Duration: 49:45 via British Humanists.

April 02, 2014

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11:20 PM | "Historical science" and the 2nd law of thermodynamics In his...
"Historical science" and the 2nd law of thermodynamics In his debate with Bill Nye, Ken Ham presented creationists as supporters of science, but not “historical science” such as cosmology, paleontology and evolution. Not only is there no such thing as “historical science,” creationists don’t even accept the foundational assumption of all science: that the laws of nature are uniform through time. Debate clips are from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI and […]

March 31, 2014

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10:30 PM | Classes in nonsense: Paranormal investigation school
This irks me –  courses in ghost hunting. There is nothing wrong with doing whatever in your own time but to put on the guise of instruction for an activity that is more often akin to snipe hunting is ridiculous. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Classes, groups offer chance to explore the unknown. Leslie Wood teaches a psychic… Source: Doubtful News

March 30, 2014

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7:40 PM | ignorance wins over science? let’s try that another way
On Thursday last week, Hamilton's city councillors voted 9-1 to return fluoride to the city's water supply. There was a fair bit of misrepresentation going on ahead of the decision - including the claims that it would cost at...
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1:13 PM | Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.
We have had about a dozen posts on “Houston Cancer Quack” Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. The fact is MANY more people think he is some kind of here (including himself) by promoting this so-called cancer treatment antineoplastons. It’s also a fact that ANP have never been demonstrated to work as other cancer treatments have been documented.… Source: Doubtful News

March 29, 2014

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8:28 PM | The Time Machine: Definitions, Dominance, Darwinism, and Eye-Related Drivel
The next month promises to be fairly intense: I am giving a talk very soon, Moutons No More is planning its first live event in Montreal, and I am preparing a first for the blog. If you are bored in April and want to nourish your mind, might I recommend the following? - What’s the … Continue reading →

March 27, 2014

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5:15 PM | Homeopathic remedy contains actual medicine? Stop selling it!
We threw this story into leftovers a few days ago but the idea of an active ingredient in homeopathic preparation (not on purpose) was just so hilarious that it’s making the round in mainstream media today. The joke is “Homeopathy – there’s nothing in it!” Oops… Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual… Source: Doubtful News
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11:00 AM | A disturbing example of quackademic medicine at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center
Note: I was busy doing something last night that left me no time to compose any fresh Insolence, which will become apparent by this weekend. In the meantime, however, I’m betting quite a few of you haven’t seen this before, and those who have might want to discuss it further in a different environment. Quackademic…

March 26, 2014

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3:50 PM | No wiki woo woo
We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to… Source: Doubtful News
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12:33 AM | News Organizations Needed Science Reporters to Explain Flight 370 Ping Analysis (And Prevent Stupidity Regarding Psychics)
After three weeks of mystery regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, representatives of a British satellite company called Inmarsat have claimed that with a complex mathematical analysis, they’ve narrowed down the fight path and made a solid case that the plane went down in the Southern Ocean. This news raises just the kinds of questions that cry out for good science reporting. Is the satellite company’s claim to be believed? How did they do it? Some stories explained in […]

March 20, 2014

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8:31 PM | Denton found guilty of nine offences for his dubious claims
We previously covered the accusations agains Errol Denton in the U.K. Denton ignores ASA regarding live blood analysis Errol of the Denton family is quacking in court  Today, we got word from Guy Chapman about a conviction of  the “Live Blood” practitioner. In a rare conviction of nine offenses under the Cancer Act 1939, fines and… Source: Doubtful News

March 19, 2014

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10:00 AM | CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture (McGill, April 9)
I have been graciously invited by the brand-spankin’-new Freethought Association at McGill to give a talk in the evening of April 9 on critical thinking skills. Why me? I used to head the Montreal chapter of the Centre for Inquiry; I have a background in biochemistry, molecular biology, and human genetics; and as one of the … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture (McGill, April 9)
I have been graciously invited by the brand-spankin’-new Freethought Association at McGill to give a talk in the evening of April 9 on critical thinking skills. Why me? I used to head the Montreal chapter of the Centre for Inquiry; I have a background in biochemistry, molecular biology, and human genetics; and as one of the … Continue reading →

March 18, 2014

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12:00 AM | Checking Intelligent Design’s Privilege This video...
Checking Intelligent Design’s Privilege This video contains footage from “The Privileged Planet” copyright of Illustra media. Said footage is used under the Fair Use (USA) and Fair Dealing (UK) clauses of copyright law. Duration: 49:51 via Trolling With Logic.

March 17, 2014

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11:20 PM | Homeopathy, What’s The Harm? Homeopathy has consistently...
Homeopathy, What’s The Harm? Homeopathy has consistently found to be an inneffective pre-scientific belief system of placebo pills. However it survives all over the World in a multi-million dollar Alternative Medicine business. But if there is no active ingredient in homeopathy there are therefore no side-effects so if the “worried-well” want to spend their money and use it then where”s the […]
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12:04 PM | It Worked for Me (But You Are Not a Clinical Trial)
Most people don’t care about clinical trials when it comes to treatment efficacy; they trust personal experience. If an infinitesimally diluted solution of nightshade seems to work for them, then this is their pudding and the proof is in it. Some puddings, however, are better than others, and the “it worked for me” pudding is … Continue reading →

March 16, 2014

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2:15 PM | Indiana lawmakers pull the “academic freedom” trope
What the hell are they doing? Ball State University president, Jo Ann Gora’s decision to scrap a science class,”Boundaries of Science” class taught by Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics, was her response to complaints that the class was promoting intelligent design, as opposed to evolution. Obviously, that is NOT a scientific take on nature.… Source: Doubtful News
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