Skepticism/critical thinking

Orac knows science, skepticism, and critical thinking

Here is the second in a series of links to essential classic Respectful Insolence from Orac’s old blog. In a continuing series of posts, for the benefit of new readers (and a trip down memory lane for old readers), I now present:

  • The Galileo Gambit
  • What is a theory?
  • Breast cancer “dormancy”
  • Public speaking
  • “Short scientific talks for dummies”
  • I guess this is what passes for creationist “humor”
  • 80 years later, nothing has changed
  • Get me a barf bag!
  • The Virgin Mary appears
  • A field guide to biomedical meeting creatures, part 1: Any questions? (Also see part 2: Poster time!)
  • Professor Rubinstein digs himself in deeper
  • Intellectual curiosity at its finest
  • Science at its finest
  • Reply to a 14-year-old creationist
  • Cardinal Schönborn and evolution
  • The Wedgie Document and the creationist challenge
  • Pseudohistory and pseudoscience
  • Active euthanasia in New Orleans: An urban legend in the making?
  • Frontier science vs. textbook science
  • What is “ethnoscience”?
  • A particularly egregious misrepresentation of a study
  • By Orac

    Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

    That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

    DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

    To contact Orac: [email protected]

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