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July 22, 2014

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6:37 AM | Links
Lasciate ogni le parentesi graffe, voi ch’entrate! “That isn’t the worst idea you’ve ever told me.” “Thanks.” “And that wasn’t necessarily a compliment.” A basket of whatfruit [1] via [2] When therapists fail to understand bisexuality Wiping out mosquitoes by making them all male Shermer rides again! Harvard digital repository draws millions of readers Sins […]

July 21, 2014

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10:52 PM | UFO researcher Jacobs profiled – Relies on weak evidence and fallacies
This article falls for the appeal to authority, saying Jacobs is a tenured professor and “makes his case with well-reasoned, articulate explanations and applies a scholarly approach to his research, which he has shared in four books – printed by well-known and academic publishers.” Since when are there well-reasoned arguments for aliens visiting earth and… Source: Doubtful News
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10:10 PM | Medical uses of marijuana–hitting the bong of science (updated)
Updated 21 July 2014. As the push to legalize marijuana for personal or medical use gains traction in the USA, the “pro-pot” arguments become more enthusiastic and more off the beaten track of real science. I suspect, like legal same sex marriage, social norms have changed, and legal marijuana is something that will become commonplace across […]Continue reading «Medical uses of marijuana–hitting the bong of science (updated)»

July 17, 2014

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6:01 PM | Lucy is Wrong; We Use Way More Than 10% of Our Brains
Scarlett Johansson as Lucy; Fandango“It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent of their brain’s capacity,” lectures Professor Norman, played by actor Morgan Freeman, in the trailer for the new thriller Lucy. “Imagine if we could access 100 percent. Interesting things begin to happen.”I know I haven’t earned my Ph.D. yet, Professor, but I beg to differ. You see, we all access 100% of our brains every day. And we don’t have to be […]

July 16, 2014

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3:26 PM | How to evaluate the quality of scientific research
One of the most tiresome discussions that a scientific skeptic has when debunking and refuting pseudoscience or junk science (slightly different variations of the same theme) is what constitutes real evidence. You’d think that would be easy, “scientific evidence” should be the gold standard, but really, there is a range of evidence from garbage to convincing. […]Continue reading «How to evaluate the quality of scientific research»
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12:05 PM | And they say I’m in it for the money?
One of the most common criticisms launched at defenders of science-based medicine by believers in pseudoscience and quackery is that we are “pharma shills.” The assumption, or so it would seem, is that no one would defend science, reason, and medicine unless he were paid off by pharmaceutical, chemical, and/or agricultural companies. The further assumption…

July 14, 2014

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10:07 PM | The irony of some peer-review and citation complaints
Anti-fluoridation propagandists and other promoters of pseudoscience have a sort of “love-hate” attitude towards science and the scientific literature. On the one hand they love to cite scientific papers they claim support their message. Very often the citation is completely … Continue reading →
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10:07 PM | The irony of some peer-review and citation complaints
Anti-fluoridation propagandists and other promoters of pseudoscience have a sort of “love-hate” attitude towards science and the scientific literature. On the one hand they love to cite scientific papers they claim support their message. Very often the citation is completely … Continue reading →

July 13, 2014

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7:49 PM | Texas Medical Board files detailed complaint against Burzynski
The screws continue to be tightened on “Houston Cancer Quack” Stanislaw Burzynski. Burzynski’s clinic has been the focus of very many serious allegations of violations from the state, FDA, and from diligent skeptics who know snake oil when they see it. Burzynski advocates a treatment, antineoplastons, which has not been demonstrated to work even after the… Source: Doubtful News
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6:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Open Wireless, Nature vs Nurture, Urine Therapy, World Cup, and Pro-GMO
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Assassins CreedbiologyDBTEnglishEscepticaevolutionfeminismFIFA World Cupfoodfootballgenetically modified organismgmogrammargrounded parentshigher educationinternetlanguageMad Art Labmental healthnaturenurtureopen wirelessParentingphysicspro-GMOpseudosciencequantum physicsQueerekaschool of doubtsoccersocial justiceTeen Skepchickthe Castroundergraduate degreeurine therapyvideo gamesTeen Skepchick Science Sunday: With Liberty and Internet Access for All Elizabeth […]
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2:48 PM | Read: The Med Student Who Wants to Bring Down Dr. Oz
A very interesting read. Some physicians have had enough of Dr. Oz’s pseudoscience and its effect on their patients. “‘Dr. Oz has something like 4-million viewers a day,’ Mazer told Vox. ‘The average physician doesn’t see a million patients in their lifetime. That’s why organized medicine should be taking action.’ “Last year, Mazer brought a policy … Continue reading →
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2:48 PM | Read: The Med Student Who Wants to Bring Down Dr. Oz
A very interesting read. Some physicians have had enough of Dr. Oz’s pseudoscience and its effect on their patients. “‘Dr. Oz has something like 4-million viewers a day,’ Mazer told Vox. ‘The average physician doesn’t see a million patients in their lifetime. That’s why organized medicine should be taking action.’ “Last year, Mazer brought a policy … Continue reading →

July 11, 2014

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11:52 PM | Politician Explains Why Sodomy Is Causing AIDS Due to "Sperm Enzyme"
Bob Frey is a Republican running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and he's worried about the economic cost of sodomy. He's not against gay people, mind you — the problem, he explained yesterday, has to do with the way sperm burns our anal cavities. Here's his theory.Read more...

July 10, 2014

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3:00 PM | Preppers Explain Why They Joined The Organic Food Movement
Activists championing organic foods have found support among preppers. They're sympathetic to the "government is a conspiracy and corporations are evil" idea. But what really made preppers into anti-GMO food activists is their desire to have a healthy post-apocalyptic lifestyle.Read more...

July 08, 2014

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12:56 PM | Drought Spurs Interest in Water Dowsing
Drought-stricken farmers and others are turning to the mystical practice of water dowsing, and many are convinced it works. Here's why. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The cult of anti-GMO: A lot like the cult of antivaccine
Over the years I’ve been studying science versus pseudoscience, medicine vs. quackery, reason versus crankery, I’ve noticed one thing. The cranks, pseudoscientists, and quacks of the world have a hard time dealing with legitimate criticism. Now, I know I sometimes get a bit—shall we say?—frisky with my criticisms. OK, obnoxious. I have, however, mellowed considerably…
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12:00 AM | If You Love Science, This Will Make You Lose Your Sh*t
Over the past few years, social psychologists have come under fire for publishing work based on falsified and non-reproducible evidence . And now one social psychologist has published an awe-inspiringly clueless rant about this situation that will leave you smashing your face into your desk.Read more...

July 07, 2014

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9:24 PM | Links
For your edutainment: RT @joewongsg: 15 Experts Debunk Right-Wing Transgender Bathroom Myth Did Facebook and PNAS violate human research protections in an unethical experiment? short version: yes “An ingratitude of children”? Does Wiktionary not have a “citation needed” tag? Hands off your grad students! RT @Plektix: My review article “Games on Graphs” with Martin Nowak […]

July 05, 2014

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11:56 PM | BBC gave cranks too much air time (Any is too much)
Is “false balance” on the way out? We’d all like to think so. BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes. BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air ‘marginal views’ The BBC Trust on Thursday published a progress report into the… Source: Doubtful News
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8:17 PM | Ketchum wants you to help fund her study on human origins
Melba Ketchum, veterinarian, is asking for $9000 to study elongated “human” skulls. It must be because she did so well with the Sasquatch genome study. She is spearheading a GoFundMe campaign to raise money. Ancient Human Origins, N American Giants by Melba Ketchum – GoFundMe. We have been doing genetic studies on the origin of… Source: Doubtful News

July 04, 2014

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2:30 PM | If only we had a real magazine like this about medicine…
Happy 4th of July! I’m taking the day off, largely to indulge my patriotic duty to laugh at things like Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie (something all patriotic red-blooded Americans should be doing), but more importantly to work on a manuscript and especially to get ready for The Amazing Meeting. If you’re going to be there,…

July 03, 2014

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1:26 AM | U.K. woo-woo mag slams skeptics causing them trouble. Hilarity ensues.
The notoriously bad rag What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You has gone bonkers on their Facebook page. Nothing unusual there. Guy Chapman gives us an update of the nonsense going on as they decry skeptical activists who are making a difference (and causing WDDTY heartburn). WDDTY goes “the full Errol” @ Guy Chapman’s Blahg. The fake health… Source: Doubtful News
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1:06 AM | This Sunday: Funny You Should Think That!
A show of comedy, reason, and alcohol. FUNNY YOU SHOULD THINK THAT is a monthly event (intelligently) designed to make you laugh and think. Moutons No More takes to the stage with amazing guests to talk pseudoscience, lambast religion, and get you to think more critically. It’s like the Rolls Royce of Skeptics in the … Continue reading →

July 02, 2014

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3:30 PM | The Utterly Unsurprising Origins Of Bigfoot's DNA Samples
An unprecedented peer-reviewed genetic survey of more than 30 biological hair samples purportedly left behind by either Bigfoot or the Yeti shows they actually came from creatures considerably less mysterious... such as bears, horses, and cows. Read more...
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1:27 AM | From Twitter: On Being Insulting
  To listen to the episode in question, head over here and download episode 106. Continue reading →
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1:27 AM | From Twitter: On Being Insulting
  To listen to the episode in question, head over here and download episode 106. Continue reading →

June 29, 2014

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10:52 PM | The Saatchi bill, or “Quack’s charter”, puts “innovation” over patient safety
In an update to this piece: A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision), the debate about the Saatchi bill heated up last Friday in the U.K. The legislation to allow a “get out of jail free” pass to cancer quacks gained support from some reputable doctors. Others vehemently oppose this as misconceived… Source: Doubtful News
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9:37 PM | The truth will come out about Egypt’s nonsense hepatitis device
This is extremely annoying. Why are they doing this? The truth will out. (An update from earlier pieces.) It’s a ploy to say “needs more testing”. We noted back in February the dubious claim that a dowsing-rod gadget was claimed to diagnose and cure AIDS and hepatitis. It is a divining device (which DO NOT… Source: Doubtful News
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9:37 PM | The truth will come out about Egypt’s nonsense hepatitis device
This is extremely annoying. Why are they doing this? The truth will out. (An update from earlier pieces.) It’s a ploy to say “needs more testing”. We noted back in February the dubious claim that a dowsing-rod gadget was claimed to diagnose and cure AIDS and hepatitis. It is a divining device (which DO NOT… Source: Doubtful News

June 25, 2014

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6:45 PM | Burzynski to continue trials as FDA says ‘OK’
Disappointing, short-sighted, rather stupid, and not consumer friendly. That’s how I would characterize this latest news that discredited, controversial, and quackerific Dr. Stan Burzynski is allowed to pursue trials. The only positive in this is HE WILL ACTUALLY DO TRIALS which is better than he’s done before. We’ll see. FDA gives controversial doc green light… Source: Doubtful News
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