Tag Archives: skepticism

Better to Call Saul a Skeptic

As a kind of echo to Brian Dunning’s recent episode about skepticism and commercial entertainment on the Skeptoid Podcast, I offer this as an example of an interesting use of skepticism on a popular TV show. (Just FYI: I’m going … Continue reading

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Are you frustrated that TAM & the JREF are no more, and the skeptical community has disintegrated?

Are you bummed and disappointed that our favorite annual reunion The Amaz!ng Meeting is no more? That James Randi’s JREF has ceased operations? That the community of like-minded enthusiasts of skeptical thinking — once called “organized skepticism” — seems to … Continue reading

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Electrohypersensitivity and Bad Reporting

The April 2015 issue of Popular Science includes a bizarre feature article that might give many readers cause for a double take: a detailed promotion of a thoroughly debunked pseudoscience. It is largely a profile of one woman, Diane Schou, and … Continue reading

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Joint Pain: Scams, Lies, and Exaggerations, Part 1

As an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner I see a constant stream of joint pain complaints. They stem from a variety of sources: injury, age related changes, lifestyle issues and autoimmune disorders. Patients will often Google their problems and/or their symptoms, and like most … Continue reading

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The Face on Mars has a Peruvian Cousin

Some interesting links came in over the Skeptoid transom the other day, and they provide a good opportunity to apply a little healthy skepticism as well as learn about an interesting corner of the world. A web article published by … Continue reading

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About That Turing Test Win…

This past weekend, the media was all abuzz about how the Turing test had just been passed by a computer. This was an amazing achievement that heralded a new milestone in computing history. Or was it? Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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The Mythology of Aspirin

Aspirin is one of the modern medicine’s best known and successful medications. It was the first safe effective anti-inflammatory treatment. It was one of the safest early pain medications. Initially used for fevers, aches, and pains, it is known world wide. Similar to … Continue reading

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Vampirism: The New (Old) Fountain Of Youth

If you read the medical reporting online you can become convinced that we will soon be living like the fictional marvel comics character Blade, “Day Walker”. An immortal that needs human blood to keep himself/herself rejuvenated. They give the mostly … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Modern Christmas Carol

A Modern Christmas Carol by Bob Seidensticker 122 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing; $5.99 [paperback] 97 pages; Amazon Digital Services; $1.99 [Kindle eBook] I love the dickens out of a good A Christmas Carol send-up … and I hate a bad one. Given that … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Thalidomide

Last week I made a throwaway comment about thalidomide as part of a statement about dangerous drugs, and how”I wouldn’t touch [it] even on a doctor’s recommendation.” Because, I mean, thalidomide, right? Deformed babies and lawsuits and the poster child … Continue reading

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