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August 01, 2014

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12:24 PM | Ebola outbreak out of control and misinformation helps it spread
The Ebola outbreak is putting plenty of people on edge and creating problems. Now we have faith healers saying they are treating it. GREAT! THIS IS ALL WE NEED! Nigerian official warns pastors and healers to stop making false Ebola-cure claims. African governments are doubling down on efforts to contain the widening Ebola outbreak in… Source: Doubtful News

July 31, 2014

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1:30 PM | The fantasy of cryonics in an unexpected place
We all seek immortality in some way. Death has been a terror of nearly all since humans first started realizing that everybody dies. After all, no one wants to face the end of everything that one has been, is, and will be, so much so that a key feature of many religions is a belief…

July 30, 2014

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3:22 PM | Dowsing claimed as successful method in finding pipe leak
Of all the special skills tested by skeptics, dowsing is the most common claim. And it has NEVER passed a controlled test. Why is that? The most obvious answer is that rods in your hands do not really indicate water. Yet, it remains pretty much impossible to convince dowsers that there is nothing special or… Source: Doubtful News

July 28, 2014

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5:06 AM | gmo myths & mythinformation
The GMOLOL group on Facebook regularly posts on the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and more recently - like many other pages - about the outrageous claims by the self-styled "Health Ranger" about Monsanto, likening the company &...

July 25, 2014

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12:30 PM | How “they” view “us,” Mike Adams and Kent Heckenlively edition
I came so close. Yes, when I read the latest target subject of this piece of Insolence to be bestowed upon you today, I came so close to resurrecting a certain undead Fuhrer who used to roam this blog on a regular basis chomping brains and inspiring horrible Nazi analogies. Indeed, it’s been at least…

July 24, 2014

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10:59 PM | USA Today tackles Burzynski again – His lawyer makes ludicrous assertion
Earlier this month, we posted the story of how controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski was under fire once again from the Texas state medical board citing a long list of complaints regarding his practice in Houston using a dubious, unproven cancer treatment. Now, USA Today, who did a huge expose on Dr. B, is back… Source: Doubtful News
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5:30 PM | Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!
The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating… Is the Laurel Museum haunted?. The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park.… Source: Doubtful News
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5:30 PM | Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!
The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating… Is the Laurel Museum haunted?. The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park.… Source: Doubtful News

July 23, 2014

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10:48 PM | Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor
It is not rare for purveyors of woo to resort to legal threats against skeptical advocates. They don’t have the facts in their favor so they use baseless threats. Well, not so baseless. Several cases have resulted in financial worries for those who are attempting to inform the public about dubious products, people or nonsense.… Source: Doubtful News

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,…
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