Antiscience

Mann suit to procede. Also don’t say “skeptic” when you mean “denier”.

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Yay yay yay yay. I’m sick of yahoos thinking that science is just a belief system and getting away with intimidating researchers. Also, “Skeptic” is REALLY used inappropriately here. Are there any ideologues worse than climate change deniers? I think I would rather deal with creationists. I left a comment on Mother Jones linking to…

Idaho to address faith healing exemption

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This is GREAT news. Another challenge to a religious shield law that allows for faith healing exemptions. Those exemptions allow for parents to withhold medical care on religious grounds. Idaho rep tackles faith healing after child deaths – SFGate. After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon’s lead and require parents…

Conversion therapy denounced by Christian counsellors in the U.K.

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It’s crystal clear that “conversion therapy” to attempt to turn people away from homeosexual tendencies is bogus. A religious-based organization in Britain is calling for it to be halted. Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at ‘converting’ gay patients | World news | The Guardian. Britain’s leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to…

Ham on Nye: Tickets sold out in minutes

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Does this make anyone else feel physically ill? Bill Nye, Ken Ham Creationism Debate Tickets Sell Out in Minutes; Streaming Info Released. Tickets for the upcoming debate on the viability of creationism between “The Science Guy” Bill Nye and Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham sold out within minutes, but information has been released…

End Times author Patrick Heron has died

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Coast to Coast AM reports that one of their former guests, author and filmmaker Patrick Heron, died from cancer on January 2, 2014 His Facebook page confirms this from friends and his wikipedia page has been updated. Patrick Heron (author) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Heron studied Christian Literature at California State University, Long Beach…

Animal Planet brags about how much of a sell out they are

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2013 was the former science-based channel’s best year ever. At what cost? All integrity. But that doesn’t seem to matter. Animal Planet Wins its Best Year Ever – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers. ANIMAL PLANET WINS ITS BEST YEAR EVER! – Network Boasts Most Successful Year in Prime and Total Day – - Animal Planet Ranks #16…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

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While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Texas politics still mired in teaching of Creationism

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This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards. [Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.] GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism | Dallas Morning News. All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools. Lt. Gov.…

Burzynski gets FDA smackdown letters

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The parade of bad press and trouble for Stanislaw Burzynski is sweet music to proponents of science-based medicine as Dr. B gets his ass handed to him by the FDA. FDA issues warning to controversial Houston cancer doctor. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a strongly worded warning letter to a controversial Houston physician, Stanislaw Burzynski,…

Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died

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Lloyd Anthony Pye, an American author and paranormal researcher, has died after a bout with lymphoma cancer. He was best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull, a deformed specimen, which he claims is remains of an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests have shown it is human (and both parents were human) suffering probably from…

Doctors in Tanzania seeing religious beliefs interfering with medical treatment

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And the results are deadly. DailyNews Online Edition – Medical doctors concerned over increased prayer groups healing trend. MEDICAL practitioners in the country have expressed their concern on increasing trends where religious sects are interfering in their profession that is causing delays in the treatment of patients. [...]the Tanzania Charitable Hospitals Trust Fund Director General,…

Farking ark: Trying to float it on faith doesn’t bode well for investors

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In an update to this story about the sinking Ark Park, we have more on the means to fund this Creationist boondoggle. City seeks to jump-start stalled Ark Encounter park with $62 million ‘junk’ bond offering | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com. A planned amusement park in Grant County featuring a life-size Noah’s Ark is…

Fluoride des-bate in Des Moines

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The Des Moines water supply has been fluoridated since 1959. They get constant calls from customers to stop it. Why? Misinformation. Should fluoride be added to Des Moines area water? | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com. Dentists, scientists and public health officials credit the addition of fluoride to public water supplies, a practice that…

Anti-vaxxer appointed to FDA vaccine advisory committee

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Why would the FDA appoint a known anti-vaxxer to their committee? FDA appoints anti-vaxxer to Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee | SkewedDistribution. [T]he Food and Drug Administration has seen fit to appoint an anti-vaccine advocate, Dr. Stephanie Christner, as the Consumer Representative for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). Dr.…

Anti-vaxxers lobbying Congress (UPDATE)

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Orac has some information about an anti-vax briefing that we are passing on. It’s important to keep on top of these things. Antivaccinationists will be holding a Congressional briefing to attack the Vaccine Court tomorrow – Respectful Insolence. Murmurs have been rumbling in the antivaccine underground that there would be another hearing this year around…

Scientology speaker was found “scientifically dishonest” and “grossly negligent”

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Scientologists, not fond of actual science, seem pleased to highlight someone who committed scientific misconduct. Danish neuroscientist Penkowa, found guilty of misconduct, reappears as Scientology group headliner | Retraction Watch. Milena Penkowa, the Danish neuroscientist who has had four papers retracted and was found to have committed misconduct, is in the news again, this time…

Someone needs to tell Texas textbook reviewers what “critical thinking” is

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Because they have some warped and insane ideas about it. Recall that we told you about anti-science sentiment in Texas over selection of science textbooks. Here is an update. Creationists on Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks – NYTimes.com. As Texas gears up to select biology textbooks for use by high school students over the next…