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Archives for April, 2009

Just when you think the Huffington Post can’t get any more inane and idiotic, just when you think your synapses might be starting to heal, they come out with another post that simply makes your ears bleed. Sure, HuffPo regularly comes down on the side of superstition, for example in the vaccine manufactroversy; and sure,…

Web 2.0—your doing it wrong

As anyone who has been following the naturopathy thread knows, this blog often covers controversial topics. To help elucidate the problems, there is often vigorous debate, which I rarely censor. I bring this up because of this blogs recent HONcode certification. As I told you, HON is struggling with the format of blogs. They are…

PalCast # 9…finally!

Ok, it’s up and ready to go.

Overheard—evidence is for suckers

Overheard from the 210th annual emergency meeting of the Society for Evidence-Free Healing. Chair: The meeting will come to order. Some Dude: Seconded. Chair: Um, I’m the Chair. I don’t need a “second”. Some Other Dude: That sounds like an oppressive application of the dominant paradigm. Chair: Fine, fine. Would anyone object coming to order?…

Answer this question…

A colleague of mine asked a great question: if you have one question to ask a booster of so-called alternative medicine in a public forum, what should it be? I’ll give you my answer below the fold, then open the thread to see what you think.

My regular readers know that I hold the Huffington Post in the lowest possible regard when it comes to its medical writing. HuffPo offers a daily platform for the worst pseudo-science and infectious disease promotion. Apparently that was getting to hard, because now I think their down to phoning it in. Last week’s post by…

I’ve never done this before, but the previous threads are getting rather messy and I’m closing them down. Feel free to use this thread for your ongoing discussion. A few thoughts first. Obviously some of the rhetoric is heated, which is fine. But if you’re going to throw around invective, don’t complain if it’s thrown…

What we have here…

Science is hard. It often requires us to put aside our beliefs and preconceptions to more accurately understand how the world works. But it is not in any way unimaginative. To paraphrase a wildly brilliant guy, every time a scientist formulates a hypothesis, she must imagine a different world. It can be a very creative…

HONcode certification

As of this evening, I will be displaying the HONcode certification badge on the left sidebar of this blog. I was able to achieve this certification on my original wordpress blog, and then at denialism blog. The HONcode serves a specific, limited purpose, and some of you might be interested in what that purpose is,…

Democracy—you’re doing it wrong

OK, OK, so the U.S. isn’t a democracy per se but really a representative democracy, with a federalist set up. Still, most of us understand the basic idea of a democratic, federalist republic, right? The ultimate power resides with the citizens, who vote for representatives who, well, represent our interests in the seat of federal…