Autism Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery

From the vaults: RFK, Jr. gets his first ever taste of Respectful Insolence™

Time flies when you’re having fun. Hard as it is to believe, it’s been a year since RFK, Jr. first posted his ridiculous conspiracy-mongering piece on Ever since moving to ScienceBlogs back in February, I had planned on reposting this article on the anniversary of its original appearance. Unfortunately, for some reason I misremembered […]

Autism Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Mercury and autism: Well, look at what the Geiers are up to now

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve written a substantive post on the fear mongering and bad science that are used by activists to support the claim that mercury in the thimerosal used as preservatives in vaccines is the cause of an “autism epidemic.” The closest I’ve […]

Humor Pseudoscience Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Rogue scientist has own scientific method

Via The Onion (where else): TALLAHASSEE, FL–Only months after abandoning a tenured position at Lehigh University, maverick chemist Theodore Hapner managed to disprove two of the three laws of thermodynamics and show that gold is a noxious gas, turning the world of science–defined for centuries by exhaustive research, painstaking observation, and hard-won theories–completely on its […]

Evolution Intelligent design/creationism Pseudoscience Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Everybody wants to get in on the act

Enough, already! Over the last couple of days, we’ve had Signs You Might Be an Intelligent Design Critic. Next, we had You May Be an Intelligent Design Supporter If… Just remember who got the ball rolling with these silly Jeff Foxworthy-inspired lists way back in January 2005 and updated it shortly after landing here at […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Medical wiki revisited

Last week, I wrote a rather lengthy (or, as my detractors would probably call it, “long-winded”) post about the concept of a medical wikipedia. As you may recall, I expressed considerable skepticism about whether the wikipedia concept could work as well as its boosters claim it could. Even though others have clarified what a medical […]