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Global Warming and Climate Change skepticism examined Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. Yet this isn't what happens with climate change denial. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that purports to refute global warming. Global Warming and Climate Change skepticism examined
From Abracadabra to Zombies - 749 entries | View All What's New? See the most recent entries, updates, and reader comments Sample the Skeptic's Dictionary Josephy Mercola is an osteopath whose main practice is the selling of a lifestyle that he characterizes as "natural." The Skeptic's Dictionary The Skeptic's Dictionary
Main Page Main Page Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy is a supposed medical practice based on the ideas that "like cures like" and that dilution increases potency – ideas that contradict all known medicine, chemistry and physics. Despite clinical trials showing that it has no effect beyond that of a placebo, it remains one of the dominant alternative medicines. The absurdities underlying homeopathic medicine are well documented. Given that homeopathic remedies are typically diluted to the point that not even a single molecule of the active ingredient remains in solution, there is no plausible mode of action.
One of the eternal questions for skeptics is – how can some people be so gullible? We have a standard answer which captures many of the factors: poor understanding of science, lack of an innate sense of probability, all the various mechanisms of self-deception, and the strong desire to believe in certain things. Further, some cons are just slick, and anyone can be fooled by a clever-enough deception. How To Sell Magic Beans How To Sell Magic Beans
From Abracadabra to Zombies - 749 entries | View All What's New? See the most recent entries, updates, and reader comments The Skeptic's Dictionary The Skeptic's Dictionary
Bad Astronomy Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it! Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is pretty cool news. Bad Astronomy
Come join the Skeptic Society for our trip to Area 51 and other alien landscapes, Martin Luther King weekend (January 18-20), 2014. We will spend 3 days exploring the “Extraterrestrial Highway” (with lunch at the Little A’Le’inn), collecting trilobites, and visiting the National Atomic Testing Museum and their UFO exhibit, as well as the alien landscape of Valley of Fire State Park and Calico Ghost Town. Both nights will be spent at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. For further details, see this link. Skepticblog Skepticblog
Science-Based Medicine Science-Based Medicine Preventing Tooth Decay in Kids: Fluoride and the Role of Non-Dentist Health Care Providers The following post is a collaborative effort between myself and science-based dentist Grant Ritchey DDS. Dr. Ritchey is a co-host of the always excellent The Prism Podcast, most recently interviewing Dr.
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Probably not. But the New York Times reports: A review of studies has found that the health benefits of infant male circumcision vastly outweigh the risks involved in the procedure. Actually, it doesn’t. Not at all. Pharyngula
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James Randi Educational Foundation Some people see human tragedies as a time for empathy, sympathy, or charity. Then there are those who see it as an opportunity. It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, for Uri Geller to take to the airwaves and claim that he was asked to help in the search for the plane.
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