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Pseudoscience in your supermarket

Image credit: Blueollie This article by Michael Schulson in the Daily Beast struck a chord with me – Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience. Possibly because I have spent far too much time debating  anti-fluoride activists. But the experience has certainly … Continue reading

Pseudoscience and anti-science nonsense

Book Review: Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci Paperback: 336 pages Price: US$13.60; NZ$41.99 Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 2010) Language: English SBN-10: 0226667863 SBN-13: 978-0226667867 The “climategate” fiasco revealed an undercurrent … Continue reading

The problem with scepticism

Some readers may be aware I am being purposely provocative with this logo as it identifies the problem of extending the sceptical approach into the political sphere – emotions of identity and values. Image credit: RT America YouTube. Being a sceptic … Continue reading

Dissecting pseudoscientific and political propaganda

Tactics used in anti-science and pseudoscience propaganda are essentially the same as used in political propaganda. Continue reading

Anti-fluoridation cherry-pickers at it again

Anti-fluoride campaigners seem to be a sixes and sevens on whether community water fluoridation (CWF) is effective or not. Some will accept CWF is effective in improving oral health but moan about the ethics or reports of harm. Others will simply … Continue reading

“Natural News” on trial in The Hague for crimes against science

This is a spoof, of course – but a legitimate one. It’s a response to reports like this from The ecologist – “Monsanto on trial for crimes against nature and humanity.” Some readers may have been fooled by this, but … Continue reading

Studies show – or do they?

This article from The Spud – Sentences that start with “studies show” usually followed by bullshit, study shows really resonates with me. I have had a gutsful of terms like “studies show” or “scientists have found,” etc. They are simply used to give … Continue reading

The Alternative Medicine Racket

We are so used to the bad press that pharmaceutical companies and the health service get that it is worth standing back and having a critical look at what the “natural”/alternative health industry gets up to. And that is not … Continue reading

Gagging of scientists – a common problem?

A recent NZ Association of Scientists survey indicates that 40% of NZ scientists report they feel gagged from communicating their scientific findings to the public. Management policies and funding problems were blamed and there are issues around “embarrassing the government.” … Continue reading

Wise words from Carl Sagan