content top

Natural News is despicable

Natural News is despicable

Natural News is a website put together by someone by the name of Mike Adams who calls himself the Health Ranger. It is very popular.  I see references to Natural News stories, usually implausible and often ridiculous, on Facebook on a regular basis.  It is often used by anti-vaccine crazies to back up their claims.   According to rationalwiki.org “Adams is a flat-out opponent of modern medicine and opposes any medication or doctor...

Read More

Who says? And how do they know?

Who says? And how do they know?

I’m a skeptic.  While it’s popular to pigeonhole skeptics as cynics who don’t believe anything and will criticise everything, it’s really not like that.  It’s really a question of not blindly accepting things as true. It’s about testing ideas for plausibility and evidence.  It’s something that grows out of a reaction to what this skeptic perceives as the willingness of so many to believe so many...

Read More

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias

 Confirmation bias, according to Wikipedia is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. It’s just one kind of bias.  If you look of types of bias on the inner webs you’ll...

Read More

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

I’ve been struggling to write a post about the Big Pharma Conspiracy.  I’ve been finding it very hard to write and I think the reason is on displaying this comic.  (By the way, if you don’t know XKCD, have a look.  Sometimes obscure but usually insightful and funny.)  A conspiracy theorist isn’t merely approaching an idea with flawed logic, though their logic is often horribly flawed, but they seem to have a mode of...

Read More

Having an open mind.

Having an open mind.

                                                     Source: thehealthyhomeeconomist.com via Simone on Pinterest   I was having a discussion with someone on Facebook today about vaccination.  He kept making claims, and I kept asking for links or evidence or anything I could actually discuss.  None were forthcoming.  He talked about experts that “report serious concerns with the vaccination regime”.  He didn’t name...

Read More
content top
Website Security Test