Antiscience

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

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The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

PETA – Pseudoscience and emotional thoughtlessness for animals

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have never been known for their rational discourse about animal rights. Instead, they use propaganda including pseudoscience to bolster their agenda. They are back with a false connection between dairy and autism. PETA Embraces Autism Pseudoscience « Science-Based Medicine. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has…

Scientology-affliated Narconon still allowed in California schools

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The San Francisco Chronicle has an expose piece on Scientology-based Narconon program slithering back into California schools. Narconon: Misleading antidrug program back in public schools – SFGate. Despite the state’s warning in 2005, dozens of California public schools have welcomed Narconon into their classrooms. “Students now have a broad understanding of drug addiction, its consequences,…

Naturopaths gaining coverage under Medicaid

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Correction: Medicaid, not Medicare. Does allowing coverage for naturopaths help ease the shortage of primary care doctors for low-income citizens? Or is licensing alternative practitioners an all around bad idea? State’s Medicaid program now covers naturopaths | The Seattle Times. Washington state officials approved naturopaths under Medicaid along with Oregon and Vermont. As states that expanded…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

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There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

For all the cows: The complicated tale of Cliven Bundy

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This story of Cliven Bundy and his neighbors against the U.S. Government officials is a hard one to follow. Read through this piece that presents the situation chronologically. Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government. In the comments, note that one person mentions that the anti-government…

Star Trek captain narrates anti-scientific film (Update: Sounds fishy)

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Why? We don’t know. Geocentrism is just WEIRD. ‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth. A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about our universe is…

No wiki woo woo

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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

When your name turns up as author of an anti-evolution paper: RETRACTION!

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Never underestimate the audacity of anti-evolutionists. Entomologist surprised to find name on now-retracted paper alleging fossils oppose Darwin’s theory of evolution | Retraction Watch. The Journal of Biology and Life Science, published by the Macrothink Institute, has retracted a paper that claimed “fossil does not provides [sic] the convincing and direct evidences for evolution,” for…

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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We’ve posted several stories on the work of S. Lewandowsky. He makes climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists rather angry; angry enough to call him names and file complaints about the papers. A rundown of the rather complicated history of his disputed papers about climate change deniers can be found here. Journal pulls paper due…

Denton found guilty of nine offences for his dubious claims

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We previously covered the accusations agains Errol Denton in the U.K. Denton ignores ASA regarding live blood analysis Errol of the Denton family is quacking in court  Today, we got word from Guy Chapman about a conviction of  the “Live Blood” practitioner. In a rare conviction of nine offenses under the Cancer Act 1939, fines and…

Latest global warming poll results toe the political line. Again.

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Another poll on global warming/climate change. I’m not too surprised by the results. Americans Most Likely to Say Global Warming Is Exaggerated Even as most Americans report experiencing abnormal weather conditions lately, more than four in 10 say the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated in the news. These sentiments are lower than the…

California businesses looking for water with divination

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Dowsing is based on magical thinking. In desperate times, people will reach for anything. California farmers hire dowsers to find water – The Washington Post. With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of…

Kent Hovind files complaint against RationalWiki for libel, from jail

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Kent Hovind, a young-earth Creationist evangelist, known as Dr. Dino (doctorate is in Christian Education through correspondence from non-accredited Patriot University in Colorado Springs, Colorado), currently incarcerated for tax-related crimes, has a beef with what was posted about him on the website RationalWiki. He has filed a complaint with the state of Florida. Rational Wiki is a site specializing…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

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Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

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I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith. Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri. A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would…