A skeptical comic

I was so busy mentioning how the Society of Homeopaths was using legal threats to try to shut down the free speech rights of the host of the next Skeptics’ Circle, Le Canard Noir, that I forgot to mention that he also turned me on to a great web comic. The comic, Cectic, is highly unusual in that it is clearly a comic by a skeptic for skeptics. Some examples (click for a larger version):

Herbal cancer remedies:






Biblical “inerrancy”:


“Intelligent design” creationism:




Cephalod abuse with alternative medicine (don’t tell PZ):


And lots more. It’s definitely worth bookmarking Cectic.


  1. #1 Vjatcheslav
    October 14, 2007

    In my opinion PZ would love the cephalopod. It defends itself from some stupid altie, so…

  2. #2 marcia
    October 14, 2007

    Thanks for posting these. The astrology one is priceless.

    Here’s a joke you may know:

    Two good old friends were meeting. “How are you and your family?” asks the one. “Oh we’re all fine”. The other one answers, “We’re all healthy and have work to earn our lives. But how ’bout your son?? Is he still workless??” “Not at all”, the first one answers, “He’s doing meditation now.” “Meditation? What’s this? What is he doing?” “I don’t know exactly,” the first one answers again, “But I’m sure it’s better than just sitting down and doing nothing!”

  3. #3 angry doc
    October 15, 2007

    Some of them seem to be attacking strawmen, like say this one on acupuncture:


  4. #4 The Ethical Atheist
    October 15, 2007

    This is awesome!

  5. #5 Blaine
    October 15, 2007

    I laughed my head off with when I read the homeopathy one this weekend and I as I recovered I thought to myself “Orac has to see this!”

    Then I check in this morning and what do I see?

    Great stuff.

  6. #6 DrFrank
    October 15, 2007

    Some of them seem to be attacking strawmen, like say this one on acupuncture:
    Yes, they seem to be attacking a strawman where acupuncture does something 😉

    [Disclaimer: blah possible minor pain relief blah, foundations still utter crap]

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