Author Archives: Bruno Van de Casteele

About Bruno Van de Casteele

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

A Passion for Science and Reason

This Monday, well-known science advocates and atheists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss came to Belgium. As far as I know, this was the first time either of them visited the country for a public event. The setting was a screening of a … Continue reading

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2014 Predictions in Technology: Getting Better

Each year in January, I make a roundup of one particular set of predictions in technology. They are written by Mark Anderson from Strategic News Service. Over the years, I’ve come to realise he’s not a psychic (he doesn’t claim … Continue reading

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On How I was Fooled on the Internet

People sometimes ask me how I find the stories that I discuss in my blog posts. Sometimes my wife or friends send me stuff that I should discuss, but most of my ideas come from news aggregators. I have, for … Continue reading

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On the Relativity of Being Remembered as a US President

We humans are a strange bunch. Probably because of a good evolutionary reason and certainly caused by our inherently faulty memory, we tend to pay a lot more attention to current and recently passed events. Events further back tend to get … Continue reading

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How the Ghost Rider Coped with a Terrible Loss

Rush is one of those rock bands that doesn’t get enough recognition for their amazing musicianship and incredible career. It’s difficult to define them in a single sentence, their musical style evolved over the years. Starting out as a prog rock … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Cable Isn’t Just a Cable

A while ago I blogged about an expensive USB cable that claimed to increase the quality of music playback from a digital hard disk. That claim, of course, was complete and utter nonsense, as the playback is digital, so apart … Continue reading

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The Skeptical and Belgian Hip-Hop of Stromae

George Hrab can be considered the skeptical maestro-in-chief. His songs are witty, musically interesting, and the texts have a very clear skeptical theme. He’s also very fond of explaining his first appearance at The Amazing Meeting (TAM) in Las Vegas, where … Continue reading

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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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