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Young Australian Skeptics

Young Australian Skeptics site is an excellent example of supporting other skeptics’ writing. There’s essays there by several of the ‘regulars’ of the Australian Skeptics of Carlos Blog Carnival, including: Karen Stollznow of Bad Language/Skepbitch; Kylie Sturgess of Podblack Blog / Skeptic Zone; Jack Scanlan of Homologous legs and Dr Rachael Dunlop of the Skeptic…

I get silly e-mails

Hmmm, they did not actually see the blog – if they did they would notice it has been abandoned more than two years ago and that the top post says, in large bold letters: “This Blogs Is Dead!”. And they probably did not see when I hosted Skeptic’s Circle (three times). Bwahahahahaha! Anyway, too busy…

Crackpottery

Just an hour or so ago I was in the car, listening to This American Life on NPR, when this story (Act Three) came up on the air: Bob Berenz had a good job as an electrician. But he wanted to do something bigger. He came up with an idea for an invention. But as…

Obligatory Readings of the Day

Orac: The American Academy of Pediatrics versus antivaccinationist hypocrisy Drake Bennett: Black man vs. white woman Sheril R. Kirshenbaum: The Presidential Science Debate That Happened TODAY In Boston! and The Boston Debate Mike Dunford: The Role of Science in Politics: A Plea for Activism John S. Wilkins: The ‘design’ mistake and, Brian Switek: No thanks,…

I get mail, too

Bloggers often highlight e-mail they get. I also get a bunch of loony stuff (and if it is not loony I try to respond, unless it is a medical question which I cannot ethically answer as I am not an MD, or a “do my homework for me” requests from students which I ignore) which…

This is woo of the decade! Priceless: How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way? by Hiroyuki Nishigaki is, according to the Amazon reviewers, absolutely hilarious – reading it will make you laugh (and thus constrict your anus) at least a 100 times, thus completely good-bying your depression.…

There is no Soul. Deal with it.

Galilei kicked us out of the Center of the Universe. Darwin kicked us off the Pinnacle of Creation Freud kicked the Soul out of our Brains. Few remain adherents of Geocentrism. The opponents of evolution are legion and very vocal (in this country, and a couple of Middle Eastern ones), but they have been defeated…

Naomi Oreskes, the author of the 2004 paper in Science about the scientific consensus on global warming, recently had her work attacked by regressive denialists (including on Senator I-hate-science-Inhofe’s blog). Her full response is now available on Stranger Fruit. Go and read it. Now.

How to deal with HIV denialists online

My Scibling Tara Smith together with Steven Novella, published an article in PLoS Medicine last week that all frequent readers of science blogs will find interesting: HIV Denial in the Internet Era: Because these denialist assertions are made in books and on the Internet rather than in the scientific literature, many scientists are either unaware…

Biologists Helping Bookstores

Ha! Check out this brand-new blog! Ste is going to bookstores, checking out the Science section and moving pseudo-science, anti-science and nonsense books from it to the New Age section. Just a couple of Behe books in the La Jolla Bookstar, but I bet there will be more egregious miscategorizations in other stores. I wonder…