The Strange remains the same for 25 June 2014

…it is not an exaggeration to state that ESP is where statistical methods go to die.

~EJ Wagenmakers

Why Believing In Astrology Is Not As Harmless As You Think.

Attention climate deniers: This scientist will give you $10,000 for actual proof that global warming is a hoax – Salon.com.

Dog walker spots leopard (From The Argus).

The word “natural” helps sell $40 billion worth of food in the U.S. every year—and the label means nothing – The Washington Post.

This review is scathing. And true.

“…it is not an exaggeration to state that ESP is where statistical methods go to die. Of course, Bem and colleagues will disagree with my interpretation of their work. 
[...]
If the ESP proponents truly believe that the effect is real, preregistration and adversarial collaborations are the only way forward.”

Open Science Collaboration Blog · Bem is Back: A Skeptic’s Review of a Meta-Analysis on Psi.

Important notice from Bob Blaskiewicz:

On Thursday, June 26, I will be giving a presentation about Burzynski to the Skeptical Society of St. Louis. I would like very much to have a representative of Sen. McCaskill attend, as she did such an able job dismantling Dr. Oz last week. It’s clear that this nightmare will not end until the FDA’s bizarre relationship with the clinic is investigated by legislators. Please contact her St. Louis office and ask them to go out of their way to send a representative to the talk, which will be at 7PM at Pat’s on Oakland (in Dogtown, if anyone asks). Things are coming to a head and we need skeptics to ACT now more than ever to stop a medical ethics scandal that involves 8 times as many subjects as the Tuskegee Experiment. Thanks!

Sen. McCaskill’s office:
Phone 314-367-1364
Fax 314-361-8649

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  6 comments for “The Strange remains the same for 25 June 2014

  1. busterggi
    June 26, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Once you’ve spotted a leopard you can’t unspot it.

  2. Blargh
    June 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Ten bucks says the alleged leopard was actually a Bengal. Especially given this:

    “Then I ran home with the dog and phoned 999. They told me I had to call the non-emergency number and were asking me lots of questions like what shape its ears were and whether it was bigger than a Labrador.”

    Since they knew to ask about the body size and ear shape, I’m guessing they’ve had people misidentify housecats before.

  3. chemical
    June 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Not that I don’t support Sen. McCaskill or anything but I remain doubtful about her ability to do anything about Burzynski. Sen. McCaskill represents Missouri, Burzynski is in Texas. I believe she gutted Oz because even if he doesn’t live in Missouri, his television show is broadcast nationally, and she doesn’t want her constituents to be duped by some quack with a giant megaphone. Burzynski doesn’t have his own TV show, so I really hope his dubious claims aren’t swept under the rug as a Texas issue.

    Since I live in Texas, I could try to contact my congressional representative, but last time I checked Ted Cruz isn’t exactly known as a bastion of common sense and reasoning.

  4. jeff simmons
    June 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Hey, what’s the deal with the Batman and Robin pictures lately? Not that I’m complaining, because I’m a HUGE comic book geek. I’m just a little curious is all.

    • June 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      I just look for funny things that catch my eye. It’s just a strange coincidence I think.

      • Chris Howard
        June 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        A funny thing caught my eye, and drug me fifteen feet!

        It laughed all the way.

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