Respectful Insolence

Archives for June 4, 2009

Skeptics, unfortunately, have an image problem. The woo-loving crowd thinks we’re all stodgy and buzz-killing, but we like to party just as much as anyone else. Indeed, the latest Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is proof positive, as our host Cheshire hosts a Skeptic Party. Next up is the Unincredible Hallq, who, I hope, will…

Back in May many of us in the skeptical blogosphere were alarmed to learn of what British law blogger Jack of Kent termed “an astonishingly illiberal ruling” by Sir David Eady against science writer Simon Singh. Eady was the judge presiding over another bit of legal thuggery by practitioners whose feelings were hurt when Simon…

Paying the price of vaccine refusal

I’ve warned time and time again what the price will be if the Jenny McCarthy and her fellow arrogantly ignorant band of vaccine “skeptics” continue to get more and more traction. So have many others. It is true that, for the moment, vaccination rates overall remain high in the U.S., but there are numerous troubling…