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A Chiropractor’s Dinner Seminar Promoting Laser Treatment of Arthritis

A Chiropractor’s Dinner Seminar Promoting Laser Treatment of Arthritis

by William M. London
Renegades & Rascals
February 10, 2016

Chiropractors often present themselves as addressing the underlying cause or causes of health problems while suggesting that medical doctors only treat symptoms.

Nudging People to Save the Planet

Nudging People to Save the Planet

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
January 29, 2016

It is difficult enough to get people to cut back on French fries, floss their teeth, or stop smoking—all of which have more direct effects on their lives—and much harder still to convince people to take immediate action for the benefit of other people in the murky future.

Understanding Evolution—Naming Matters but Not That Much

Understanding Evolution—Naming Matters but Not That Much

by Penny Higgins
Use and Abuse of the Fossil Record
January 28, 2016

One of the first things I teach in any of my paleontology classes is that taxonomy underpins nearly every subdiscipline of paleontology. I then go on to explain that taxonomy is also very subjective and, at times, even seemingly arbitrary.

Screening Tests and Primum non nocere

Screening Tests and Primum non nocere

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
January 22, 2016

Nonmaleficence says don’t harm the patient; beneficence says help the patient. There’s a trade-off, since almost every treatment carries some small degree of risk. Not treating may do more harm than treating.

Grief Vampires Don’t Come Out Only at Night

Grief Vampires Don’t Come Out Only at Night

by Susan Gerbic
January 20, 2016

These people come and go fame-wise. His flame might be bright for the moment, but it could quickly fade into obscurity, or it could ignite a fire that will burn the memories and interrupt and corrupt the grieving process for parents who go to him in desperation and loss.

The Unseen (But Often Heard) World of Welcome to Night Vale - An Interview with Joseph Fink

The Unseen (But Often Heard) World of Welcome to Night Vale - An Interview with Joseph Fink

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 12, 2016

While many skeptics may deride conspiracy theories and the paranormal, you cannot deny the creative inspiration such claims provide to shows like Welcome to Night Vale.

The Wikipediatrician’s Whirlwind Australian Tour

The Wikipediatrician’s Whirlwind Australian Tour

by Susan Gerbic
January 11, 2016

I encourage everyone to not just visit a place but use social media to find our community. Skeptic groups in areas all over the world have Meetup.com and Facebook pages; reach out to them and make your own mini-tour. I’m sure that they are as interested in meeting you as you are in meeting them.

I’m an ENFP: We’re Confused by Personality Tests

I’m an ENFP: We’re Confused by Personality Tests

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
January 6, 2016

As far as confirmation bias goes, it had been working against Myers-Briggs, and Myers-Briggs had won. I was impressed. But is impressive enough to make it useful?

Trump-Rage: How Political Anger Clouds Our Thinking

Trump-Rage: How Political Anger Clouds Our Thinking

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
January 4, 2016

The solution is not to seek some Platonic ideal of pure rationality, which is neither achievable nor desirable. Anger, managed correctly, can drive ethical action. The key is to focus on the informational content of those anger states and find the most effective ways to fashion and spread correctives.

Burzynski in Court Again

Burzynski in Court Again

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
December 29, 2015

Dr. Burzynski and his witnesses will describe the frontier of science as a place where the end justifies the means. The frontiers may be the range of true pioneers such as Dr. Farber, Dr. Frei, and Dr. Freireich, but it is not the Wild West.

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