Author Archives: Bruno Van de Casteele

About Bruno Van de Casteele

Philosopher by education, IT'er by trade. Allround Armchair Skeptic, History Enthousiast, Father of Three. Twitter @brunovdc Personal website: www.puam.be

A Lucky Find in Egypt

I really liked the following news item, and for two reasons. Well three, actually, because it’s about archaeology (favorite subject of mine), but also because it features a really lucky once-in-a-lifetime find and because it features experimental archaeology (trying to … Continue reading

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Whales’ Pelvic Bones: Evolutionary Science at its Best

This summer I took my kids to the Royal Museum for Natural Sciences here in Brussels. Apart from the usual dinosaur exhibits and a very nice exposition on evolution, there was also a large room (evidently) for the display of … Continue reading

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Just a Joke … Or Is It?

YouTube kindly sends me an email each week with videos I might be interested in. The following is one that they recently featured; it promises to “triple your internet speed for free.” I was a bit skeptical, but hey, who doesn’t want … Continue reading

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Immanuel Kant, Skeptic

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the greatest philosophers the world has seen. He is especially known for his “critical” works, namely Critique of Pure Reason (1781) and Critique of Practical Reason (1788), but he also wrote a small treatise on … Continue reading

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The Loss of Vitamin C: One More Proof for Evolution

Evolution never ceases to amaze me. It’s one of those scientific facts that has been proven correct over and over. I didn’t know however what to expect when one of my favorite podcasts, Irreligiosophy, tackled “5 Evidences for Evolution.” Apart from … Continue reading

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A philosophical note on the outbreak of World War I, 100 years ago

This weekend we commemorate the start of hostilities 100 years ago in World War 1. Direct and indirect causes were, of course, already long in the making, and you can find a lot of information about it in the media. … Continue reading

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Employer Bias When Recruiting Women Leads to An Unjust Society

An interesting study popped up in one of my “Skeptoid ideas” feeds. Dr. Stijn Baert from the University of Ghent, Belgium and of the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany, is applying an interesting research methodology to the field of employer … Continue reading

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Elderly Sexual Activity: Some More Myths

Last month, I reported on research done in Belgium that debunked several myths around sexuality. This research was done by one of the two biggest universities in the Flemish-speaking part of the country, Ghent. Not to be outdone (I guess), … Continue reading

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Homeopathy is Officially Recognised in Belgium

As of this month, homeopathy is now officially recognized as a therapeutic discipline in Belgium, my country. The recognition as such is quite absurd, and not only because it’s difficult to estimate the value of water and sugar pills as having an effect … Continue reading

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Sexual Health Research in Flanders: Sex Myths Debunked

Earlier this year, the SEXPERT workgroup (link is in Dutch) presented results from the first years of their research programme. This workgroup is a combination of psychology and sexology researchers from the universities of Ghent, Leuven and from the university … Continue reading

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