The Red Flags of Quackery

Sci-ence provides a helpful chart worth spreading around: If you can’t read it, go to the source where it’s twice the size. Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • feralboy12

    I had trouble reading it, so I used science and put on my reading glasses.
    I got a catalog in the mail recently that hit a remarkable number of these–and was particularly repetitive with the claims about infusing my cells with energy. It was from a company called “Fungi Perfecti” and the first six pages featured promises of improved health, followed by a disclaimer informing me that none of the products were intended to treat disease.
    But if you’re looking for a cute basket with which to send your kids out hunting mushrooms, it’s the place to go.

  • rikitiki

    Thanks, Daniel, I’m sending this to my sister…though I really doubt it’ll do much good. She’s always e-mailing me some new urban legend that she thinks is true, new-age/traditional medicine scam (and she’s a physicians assistant!