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Wrangling bad pop-science journalism

We all are familiar with the headlines: “SCIENTISTS SAY BROCCOLI CURES CANCER????” We all also know that pop-science articles are, functionally, useless.  Sometimes its editors manipulating article titles to make them more ‘catchy’, sometimes journalists trying to stir up controversy, sometimes its scientists and PR departments trying to oversell interesting (sometimes not so interesting) research.…

Lets say you are a professional/expert on Topic X. One day, you get a call from an Emmy winning, top day-time talk show. They want you to come on their show to talk about Topic X! “OMG!!! YAAAAAY!!!” you would surely be thinking. “A platform to educate the public about Topic X! Millions of people…

Ask anyone who has stood up to quacks/charlatans/nutbars– Crazy people be CRAZY. Someone tries to educate the public, move their field, shine a candle in a demon haunted world, stand up for what they think is right, and they are rewarded with insane emails (check!), often including threats of physical violence (check!), badgering emails to…

Carl Zimmer: ‘Our viral future’

YAY! Author Carl Zimmer: Our Viral Future from Singularity Institute on FORA.tv ONE QUIBBLE: Viruses are not ‘bad news wrapped in protein’.  The vast vast vast majority of the viruses out there want nothing to do with humans at all. Even the ones that do infect humans, lots dont actually cause us any real harm,…

The Thinking Atheist: A world full of woo

The Thinking Atheist did a show last night on ‘A world full of woo‘– I stopped by for a few minutes to talk about anti-vaxers, but there is a lot more to the episode, including an interview with Dr. Harriet Hall! TA is super– Last year he recorded and produced all of the videos for…

ERV at Skeptics of Oz

HAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  I feel like Stewie Griffin. I DONT LIKE CHANGE!!! Give us a minute, we will figure it out (hey, I figured how to get pages of comments so Our Epic Threads dont take over 9000 years to load! dont have to top it off at 5K!!!) In the mean time, Skeptics of Oz have…

The Conspiracy Skeptic & ERV! Again!

Several years ago, my friend Karl Mamer at Conspiracy Skeptic had me on to talk about HIV Denial. A couple days ago, I was finally back to talk a bit about the science and politics of XMRV! Make sure you listen to the very end to catch Arnies surprise cameo appearance! PUPPAH NO LIKE KITTEH!!!!!…

Skeptics of Oz and FreeOK2

Skeptics of Oz: FREE EVENT April 21 – 22 Forum Theater 147 South Hillside Street, Wichita, KS 67211 Speaker lineup Im going to be speaking at 2 pm on “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Viruses” – Sure some viruses are ‘scary’, but modern domesticated viruses are what make our vaccines work, treat…

ERV vs Steve Kern

Keep this one in your bookmarks for when someone tells you “AWWWWWW! UR JUST MAKING A CARICATURE OF CHRISTIANS! NO ONE ACTUALLY ACTS LIKE THAT!” Yeah, that guy was for real. The debate actually makes more sense if you watch it with the nonsensical closed captions turned on. He is a real Evangelical Christian who,…

ERV debate tonight!

Just a reminder for those of you in the OKC area that I will be debating Steve Kern (infamous husband of infamous Sally Kern) on the topic of Intelligent Design tonight! Some of Kerns homies advertised for the event too: Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee * THURSDAY EVENING – OKC AREA – Dr. Steve Kern,…