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

The luminescent virgin statue of Jalhay

During the month of March, the small town of Jalhay in the Belgian Ardennes was in the national spotlights. The reason was a small statue of the Virgin Mary, that suddenly lighted up during the night. The statue itself, as … Continue reading

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Kids are fans of Bayes Theorem

Last time I gave a small (and humble) introduction to Bayes’ Theorem. I hope it got you all interested in this small little formula, because I think it is an important tool for any skeptic endeavour. And to be honest, … Continue reading

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Probabilistic Christmas reasoning with Bayes

I’m quite a big fan of the Bayes’ Theorem. In a quite succinct formula, it manages not only to explain how to work with probabilistic reasoning, it also puts a number to our beliefs or hunches. Now to be honest, … Continue reading

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Hurling old spears

I never cease to be amazed on what archeology can learn us. It’s amazing that, based on a couple of artefacts who were lucky to survive, we can deduce a lot about our ancestors. Of  course, as with all good … Continue reading

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Sudbury schools: everything but an education?

My wife recently suggested me this topic for my blog post. She had read in a “women’s magazine” about a mother who sent her kids to a Sudbury school here in Belgium. Sudbury is rather new over here, but a … Continue reading

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Why the skeptical violence?

Last December, I received an email that made me frown. No, not some woo-mail promoting whatever unscientific fad, and not even the usual viagra-related spam. It was a fundraising email from the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) which I respect. … Continue reading

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Archeology versus animal welfare

It’s not easy being a fan of historical and archeological things. Most of the time nice things are being found when constructing roads (as I wrote elsewhere) or houses. Called “rescue archeology”, the detailed excavation takes time that hinders the … Continue reading

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2013 predictions in technology – really predictions or just extrapolations?

I want to join the skeptical meme to evaluate past predictions to see if they came through. Not astrological or any other psychic babble, but like last year I’m going to analyse the predictions in IT and technology made by Strategic … Continue reading

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More Mindfulness in science?

Mindfulness. Yes I wrote about it earlier (a first dip, and then a solid three parter 1 2 3), and analysed if there was some science in it. In short: probably yes but the field needs some work to get … Continue reading

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Some more 3D scanning in science

One of the finer moments when writing for this blog, is when people who you mention in the article, contact you. In my post on Napoleon’s battlefield in Borodino (Russia) the podcaster Cameron Reilly contacted me to discuss why the campaign wasn’t … Continue reading

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