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Autism Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking

Kev takes ’em on twice while Orac sits back and enjoys

Tara’s post yesterday about Mercury and Mythology about how mercury in vaccines does not cause autism and about a recent story demonstrating tht mercury as used in dental amalgams is safe, coupled with Phil Plait’s discussion of an article in TIME about autism that seemed a bit too credulous about facilitated communication reminded me that […]

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Intelligent design/creationism Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking Surgery

I hang my head in shame for my profession

Damn you, PZ! I know I spent three whole posts discussing the problem of credulity towards creationism among physicians. I spent a lot of time in those posts explaining potential reasons why physicians might be susceptible to the blandishments of creationists and even used the example of a medical student who is a proud young […]

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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 […]

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Skepticism/critical thinking

S.C.A.M., Skeptics, and Chickens

I love a good fisking, and James over at Autism Street has administered a real blog slapdown to a really idiotic article defending “natural medicine.” He rightly points out the jaw-droppingly obvious straw men and appeals to other ways of knowing that Mike Adams uses in the article. But don’t take just my word for […]

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Skepticism/critical thinking

The 2005 Pigasus Awards

The 2005 Pigasus Awards have been announced by The Amazing Randi himself. The categories: Category #1, to the scientist who said or did the silliest thing related to the supernatural, paranormal or occult. Category #2, to the funding organization that supported the most useless study of a supernatural, paranormal or occult claim. Category #3, to […]

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