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November 18, 2014

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6:45 PM | UFO speakers tout new evidence and birth of a “science”
Same old stuff. We are being promised new photos of aliens (from Roswell) and told that scientists should be more involved in this new field. I wonder if they have ever researched the history of UFOlogy. It went no where back in the 50s through 70s. What’s changed now? UFO experts say ‘we are not… Source: Doubtful News

November 17, 2014

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11:17 PM | Study concludes that homeopathy cures tonsillitis–probably not
Here we go again. “Researchers” trying to show that a pseudoscientific concept is real medicine, but failing so badly that only true believers would qualify it as real “evidence.” In this case, homeopaths from the Department of Homeopathy at the University of Johannesburg (seriously, a Department of Homeopathy?) in South Africa recently published a study that claimed a […]Continue reading «Study concludes that homeopathy cures […]
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11:06 PM | weapons-grade foolishness from the ‘food babe’
Today, we move on to just plain, flaming, weapons-grade foolishness. Foolishness that is, unfortunately, spread to a rather wide audience.  Vani Hari is the self-described 'Food Babe', on a mission to 'make America's food safer'. According to Ms Hari,...

November 16, 2014

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6:15 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Just the Facts, Psychoneuroimmunology, MOOCs, and Kim Kardashian
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Bath and Body WorksDBTEscepticafeminismgrounded parentsKim KardashianLena DunhamMOOCsParentingphysicspseudosciencepsychoneuroimmunologyschool of doubtSciencesex abuseskepticismspecial needs childrenteachingTeen SkepchickVeteran's DaySunday Funny: Landing (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 119: Turn Up the Heat After several weeks off, Mindy is back with a brand new Physics Philes! DBT ...(Read more...)

November 15, 2014

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12:37 AM | I Will Be on CJAD 800AM Radio This Saturday
I will be the guest of Toula Drimonis this Saturday around 10:30PM on CJAD 800AM (800 kHz on AM or listen live on the Web), along with two of my fellow Moutons No More producers, Guy Renaud and Isabelle Stephen. We will be talking about why we created Moutons No More and the state of skepticism in Montreal. Don’t miss it! Continue reading →

November 14, 2014

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2:00 PM | Your Friday Dose of Woo: Naturopathy and “bioresonance”
It’s been a long and entertaining week. Well, at least part of the week was entertaining. After all, it was hard not to be mightily amused at what happened when Dr. Mehmet Oz, known to the world as America’s Doctor but to skeptics as America’s Quack, asked his Twitter followers to ask him anything under…
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2:32 AM | but surely if it does no harm…
With Acupuncture Week coming up, I thought it might be timely to revisit one of my earlier posts on the subject. Since I originally wrote this piece, there's been at least one high-profile example of needles being found where...

November 13, 2014

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3:42 PM | Food Babe clueless about food, science, and apparently, air
Vani Hari is a blogger who calls herself the “Food Babe”. She has become infamous for her criticism of the food industry. However, with a degree in computer science and experience as a management consultant, she sounds like an idiot when talking about food facts and science, and she has little fear of being identified… Source: Doubtful News
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3:42 PM | Food Babe clueless about food, science, and apparently, air
Vani Hari is a blogger who calls herself the “Food Babe”. She has become infamous for her criticism of the food industry. However, with a degree in computer science and experience as a management consultant, she sounds like an idiot when talking about food facts and science, and she has little fear of being identified… Source: Doubtful News

November 12, 2014

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9:00 PM | Mother Kills Autistic Son to End Fictional Abuse
A Manhattan mother was found guilty in the death of her autistic son, who she killed because of a discredited communication technique. Continue reading →

November 11, 2014

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7:37 AM | Homeopathy takes another hit
On Friday 31st of October Dr Siouxsie Wiles from Sciblogs very own Infectious Thoughts blog gave an excellent interview of Breakfast TV explaining why homeopathy isn’t an appropriate treatment for ebola (or anything else). Now Vicki Hyde from NZSkeptics has presented a thorough explanation of why homeopathy is not a valid medical treatment on CTV, [...]

November 10, 2014

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10:29 PM | Stop Putting New Age Pseudoscience in Our Science Fiction
If the pseudoscientific woo about love and time travel in Interstellar pissed you off, you aren't alone. Though Christopher Nolan's gorgeous space opera isn't the first science fiction film to descend into a morass of new age platitudes, here's why it should be the last.Read more...

November 08, 2014

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1:42 AM | Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy
There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,… Source: Doubtful News
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1:42 AM | Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy
There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,… Source: Doubtful News
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1:35 AM | Comedy Quiz Show on Pseudoscience in Montreal
If you like this blog and would like to see me host a comedy quiz show on pseudoscience, come to Pub St-Paul on Sunday, November 16 at 5PM for a fun evening of comedy, reason, and alcohol! Andrew Cody, from Within Reason, will be a panelist and will be joined by Montreal-based stand-up comedians Darren Henwood, … Continue reading →
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1:35 AM | Comedy Quiz Show on Pseudoscience in Montreal
If you like this blog and would like to see me host a comedy quiz show on pseudoscience, come to Pub St-Paul on Sunday, November 16 at 5PM for a fun evening of comedy, reason, and alcohol! Andrew Cody, from Within Reason, will be a panelist and will be joined by Montreal-based stand-up comedians Darren Henwood, … Continue reading →

November 05, 2014

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6:20 PM | Creationist views not welcome at California State U
An open young earth creationist claims he was fired for religious discrimination after he got legitimate work publishing in a journal. Or, his very anti-science ideas were simply not appropriate for promotion within an academic institution. University sued after firing creationist fossil hunter. In May 2012, Mark Armitage made a discovery that he had dreamed of… Source: Doubtful News

November 04, 2014

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11:16 PM | U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing
What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of… Source: Doubtful News
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11:16 PM | U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing
What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of… Source: Doubtful News

November 02, 2014

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10:45 PM | csiro should fund dowsing? are you serious???
I came across this story on Science's 'science sifter' page: The next CEO of Australia’s leading research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is in hot water after suggesting the cash-strapped organization spend scarce research dollars...
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7:11 PM | Boosting Crop Yields via Genetics
Genetic engineering techniques offers many different promises, some of which will obviously come sooner than others. One of those promises was a possible end to famine, while most famine in […]

Z. Lippman et al. (2014). Optimization of crop productivity in tomato using induced mutations in the florigen pathway, Nature Genetics, Other:

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November 01, 2014

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5:48 PM | Fair Storytelling versus Young-Earth Creationism
An interesting essay from last month, by Fred Clark: “Phlebotinum, young-Earth creationism and the willing suspension of disbelief” (20 October 2014). I think this analogy has something to it, but there’s also a point of contrast. A well-written phlebotinium story establishes the limitations of its fictitious technology, the rules by which it operates. Neither deflector […]

October 29, 2014

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6:03 PM | Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus
Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how… Source: Doubtful News
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2:00 PM | Greenbacks and Ham: Ark park money may fall through due to religious discrimination
Why does Ken Ham show such disdain for American rights? Because God is on his side, I guess… Funny he still believes that when even Kentucky is just about fed up with righteous stupid of his Ark Park debacle. Can’t say I’m sympathetic… dealing with a guy who thinks the earth is 6000 years old… Source: Doubtful News

October 28, 2014

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1:25 PM | When Spirits 'Dictate' Books: What's to Believe?
Many popular books are claimed to have been written by the dead through psychics. Continue reading →

October 27, 2014

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12:43 PM | 7 Propaganda Talking Points Against GMOs
After reading about genetically modified organisms for years, it seem pretty clear to me that the anti-GMO activist position is not an objective science-based position. Rather it has all the features of a political/marketing campaign. The campaign has talking points that are all spin and propaganda. Like a slick car commercial, it is selling a [...]

October 26, 2014

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9:32 AM | ‘alternative’ medicine – numbers using it =/= evidence it works
Recently some friends & I were discussing the use of what might be called 'Supplementary, Complementary, & Alternative Medicine' - a group of 'therapies' that includes (but is not limited to) things like homeopathy, reiki, acupuncture, ear candling, and...

October 25, 2014

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11:00 AM | Listen: First Nations “Medicine” on White Coat, Black Art
@NightShiftMD, Dr. Brian Goldman, tackled the issue of First Nations’ right to choose traditional treatments for themselves and their children with, I believe, the correct balance between respect and the need to ask tough questions. You can hear his conversations on the subject in the latest episode of CBC’s White Coat, Black Art. We are … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Listen: First Nations “Medicine” on White Coat, Black Art
@NightShiftMD, Dr. Brian Goldman, tackled the issue of First Nations’ right to choose traditional treatments for themselves and their children with, I believe, the correct balance between respect and the need to ask tough questions. You can hear his conversations on the subject in the latest episode of CBC’s White Coat, Black Art. We are … Continue reading →

October 24, 2014

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9:30 AM | Homeopathy Awareness Day: Post-Mortem
Homeopathy is the low-hanging fruit from the perennial tree of irrationality. This year, in order to draw awareness to its ludicrous claims, I published an article in the Prince Arthur Herald and a video on this site. The response was predictable. While the content received plenty of positive feedback and dissemination, a couple of proponents of … Continue reading →
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