Respectful Insolence

Archives for November, 2006

This time around for 48th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, a skeptic by the ‘nym of decorabilia presents his Last Will and Testament to the Circle, and bequeaths his worldly possessions to his fellow skeptics: I am old and tired, my son. I feel the creeping chill of death in these creaking bones. I smell…

A few days ago, I posted a response to another physician who was not happy with me, no, not happy with me at all. What made him unhappy was the vociferousness with which I criticized the creeping infiltration of woo that is insinuating itself into medical school curricula and expressed dismay at the threat that…

A quick question for my readers

On Saturday afternoon, after a morning of rounding on the service’s patients and doing some odds and ends in the office and the lab, on the way home I stopped at the local Best Buy because I needed some blank DVDs. To my puzzlement, there were people lined up outside as though they were camping…

Wading through more Choprawoo

I tried not to do it. I really did. I tried to resist the temptation to respond to Deepak Chopra’s latest incursions into woo as he flailed futilely at Richard Dawkins’ arguments for science. Fortunately, PZ Myers and MarkCC have been around to take down his idiocy. But then I thought about it Why should…

Pediatric Grand Rounds

The latest Pediatric Grand Rounds has been posted, and this time it’s being hosted by fellow ScienceBlogger Tara Smith at Aetiology. Check it out.

I don’t know about you, but I was getting a little tired of writing so often about the same topic last week, namely the insinuation of unscientific and unproven “alternative medicine” into the medical school curriculum and its promotion by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). I had planned on giving the topic a rest…

Via Recursivity and Pharyngula, I’ve learned that, after being an embarrassment to Princeton University for nearly three decades, the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory is closing due to lack of funding. I’m only amazed that it held on so long. Let’s just hope that Deepak Chopra doesn’t decide to bail it out. From my…

A couple of days ago, I wrote a criticism of the increasing tendency to teach woo in American medical schools and then later followed up with a post questioning the contention that teaching woo has the benefit of improving the doctor-patient relationship. A physician going by the ‘nym Solo Practitioner took umbrage: As a physician,…

New anti-Holocaust denial blog

Via Holocaust Controversies, I’ve become aware of a new anti-denier blog, Holocaust Denial Absurdities. Its first couple of posts look promising, such as this description of the censorship of opposing viewpoints that goes on at a denier forum.

Mourn, Michigan fans

Mourn, Michigan fans. On the eve of the most important Big Ten game of the season this year between two of the greatest rivals in college football history, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, the greatest coach in U. of M. history has passed away: Legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler…

CAM in medical schools: A marketing tool?

Fellow ScienceBlogger (I’m not all that enamored of the term “SciBling”) Abel Pharmboy has finally weighed in on the issue of alternative medicine woo finding its way into medical school curricula and its promotion by the American Medical Student Association, which Dr. RW, Joseph, and I have been discussing the last few days. Besides using…

A little early skepticism coming due…

It’s almost here. In fact, it’s closer than you would think, because of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. Yes, the Skeptics’ Circle is due to land at this session’s host (decorabilia) one day early, on Wednesday, November 22. So this time around the deadline will be Tuesday, November 21. decorabilia provides instructions on…

Given my love of science and advocacy of evidence-based medicine, people may have come to the erroneous conclusion that I hate all woo. Nothing could be further from the truth. I just want medical woo to be subject to the same scientific testing as conventional medicine, because I believe that there should not even be…

My recent post (coupled with similar posts by Dr. R. W. and Abel Pharmboy) about the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and its credulous promotion of non-evidence-based alternative medicine while posing as being “skeptical” of big pharma brought this rejoinder from Joseph of Corpus Callosum, in which he took issue with one aspect of my…

Although I’m clearly not as vociferous about this as other ScienceBloggers, I do remain concerned about the rise of fundamentalist religion, whether it be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or whatever. Whenever dogmatic, literal, fundamentalist interpretation of whatever holy scriptures someone believes in takes hold, the brain shuts off, and no other interpretation other than the narrow…

The History Carnival

While we’re plugging blog carnivals, why not pay a visit to the History Carnival, over at the Axis of Evel Knievel?

From the U.K.: A new Change of Shift

Change of Shift, the blog carnival for nursing, comes to us from the U.K. at Life in the NHS.

Babylon 5 to return?

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I really loved Babylon 5 while it was on; it was one of my favorite TV series of all time, and I own all five seasons on DVD. Even though the fifth and final season seemed a bit stretched out, the last five or six episodes…

Proposed changes in the NIH grant process

Effect Measure has a good post about the NIH granting process. I’m not going to rehash what revere said, as far as the description of what happens once a grant application arrives at the NIH and how it winds its way through the Initial Review Group to one of many study sections through programmatic review.…

Grand Rounds vol. 3, no. 8

Monty Python invades Grand Rounds over at the rumors were true. Read it, or we shall be forced to say “Ni!” to you.

A newfound respect for David Copperfield

I always thought that David Copperfield was a bit cheesy. Heck, I still do. But this incident gives me a bit of respect for him: WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — One of three teenagers charged with attempting to rob illusionist David Copperfield as he left a performance has pleaded guilty. Terrance Riley, 17, was…

Patch Adams has lost his mind

Light blogging today, I’m afraid. My high speed Internet access was on the fritz last night, leaving odds and ends. Truly annoying. (On the other hand, maybe it’s the FSM’s way of telling me to slow down a bit.) Patch Adams, the famous doctor who advocates humor in medicine and has been known to dress…

Pearls Before Swine on religion

All too true, sadly…

Woo: The future of American medicine?

If you’re a physician, there comes a certain point in your career when you start caring a lot more than you did about the next generations of physicians in the training pipeline. While you’re in the middle of training, you are the next generation; besides, you’re too worried about just getting through medical school, residency,…

What accent?

Lots of other bloggers seem to be taking this one; so what the heck? It’s surprisingly accurate for a silly Internet quiz. And, yes, it is pop, not soda. No matter how long I’m stranded here on the East Coast, it will always be pop! What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Inland…