Several years ago Phil Plait gave a talk at TAM that has become known as the “Don’t be a Dick” speech. There he was mainly talking about online skepticism and how to tailor our message so that it is effective rather than off-putting. In that talk the goal was better evangelising (for lack of a… Read More The Importance of Not Being a Dick
Those in the loop may already know that the long awaited name change for the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), the anti-vaccine mouth piece of Meryl Dorey, ordered in late 2012 has recently occurred. The new moniker for the group is Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, I assume the hyphenation is present so that the group might reasonably continue… Read More The Anti-Vax Group Formerly Known as AVN
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about Taniwha and whether their alleged presence should constitute a stop sign for construction projects. At the time I was responding to an article which proposed just that on the grounds that the Taniwha claims could represent indigenous knowledge of the area relevant to construction. I… Read More Elves Stop Construction
One of the linchpins of the anti-vaccine movement is the attempt to muddy the issue with regard to vaccine efficacy. From this point various others follow; if vaccines are ineffective then large risks need not be shown – any risk at all makes being vaccinated an unwise choice. If vaccines do not perform their role… Read More Vaccines Vs Pneumonia
The above words were said by my not-quite-three-year-old son to his slightly bemused mother this morning. This exchange followed a conversation I had had with my son earlier while getting him dressed which went something like this: [a noise outside very much like a car door slamming] Son: What was that noise? Me: Sounds like… Read More It’s Not Robots, It’s You!
I’ve been noticing the occasional product on the daily deal site I frequent that is, how to put this delicately, BS. Today I saw one that I just had to have some fun with and hopefully give people some idea of what the product is really about at the same time. In this case the… Read More Daily Deals and Altmed Pseudoscience
Last week Michael Edmonds asked “Which TV Show Best Demonstrates the Scientific Method?” Various shows where suggested such as CSI and NCIS. Bones made an appearance in the comments as one show that exhibits a fair amount of pseudoscience along with it’s “real” science. House was praised for it’s attention to hypothesis generation and testing.… Read More The Scientific Method On TV