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Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
March 10, 2016

“Newsweek published my feature about the cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who’s facing potential license revocation... And I got a reminder of how hard it is to write about controversial health issues.”

Good News for Grouches: Happiness is Overrated

Good News for Grouches: Happiness is Overrated

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
March 7, 2016

The pursuit of happiness is one of the inalienable rights established in the Declaration of Independence, and in recent decades an enormous happiness industry has risen up to help you succeed in your personal pursuit.

Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire

Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire

by Susan Gerbic
February 26, 2016

What people need to understand is that it is NOT my responsibility to disprove Tyler Henry or any other psychic. The burden of proof lies in the person who is making the extraordinary claim to prove they have the ability they claim to have.

Newborn Babies Don’t Have Sex, So Why Do We Vaccinate Them for a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

Newborn Babies Don’t Have Sex, So Why Do We Vaccinate Them for a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
February 17, 2016

So babies don’t have sex, abuse drugs, or share razors. And mothers can be tested for the virus; if they don’t have it, there is no risk of them transmitting it to their babies. So are there any valid reasons to vaccinate newborns?

¿Nos visitan seres de otros mundos?

¿Nos visitan seres de otros mundos?

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
February 16, 2016

Mucha gente cree que la Tierra ha recibido visitas de extraterrestres. ¿Es posible? Para empezar, no hablemos de avistamientos de platillos volantes ni de cosas parecidas, sino de dónde vivimos, desde cuándo y de cómo somos.

A Skeptic on the ConspiraSea Cruise—Interview with Colin McRoberts

A Skeptic on the ConspiraSea Cruise—Interview with Colin McRoberts

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 15, 2016

If you're a skeptic and you want to talk to people about conspiracy theories and talk them out of being conspiracy theorists, you've got to find them. You've got to know who they are and where they're coming from, and that really requires a personal face to face conversation. The idea of a 'conspiracy cruise' is great because it makes that easy and it makes it fun.

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.

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