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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Having an open mind.

                                                     Source: 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 … Continue reading