Measles: A Deadly Disease

December 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , )

Measles is (literally) a deadly-serious disease. The recent outbreak in Zimbabwe is just one example of the dangers of this vaccine-preventable disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Trouble With Skeptics

December 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm (Miscellaneous) (, )

Daniel Loxton, the editor of Junior Skeptic magazine (the kids’ science periodical bound inside Skeptic magazine), posted some “skeptic fails” on Twitter back in September. I thought I’d repost them here and add some thoughts of my own. Here goes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sceptics Beware: The Dangers of Debunking Myths

December 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here is a PDF (Schwarz et al) that discusses attempts to improve decision-making – and the frequent failures of these attempts.

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In Defence Of Bloodletting

December 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Good Science, Homeopathy) (, , , , , , )

Bloodletting is sometimes used as an example of a medical treatment that we once thought plausible, but now view as ridiculous. It is compared with chiropractic, homeopathy, and other “Alternative Medicine” disciplines in order to ridicule them. However, we might have been unfair. It appears that bloodletting may actually be more valuable than the Alt Med treatments it is compared to. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Beginner’s Guide To Homeopathy

December 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm (Beginner's Guides, Homeopathy) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The latest in an occasional series looks at homeopathy.

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