Links Du Jour – Tasmanian Devils And Jenny McCarthy Mommy Blogger (No, Not Versus Each Other…)

Firstly, sorry to people attending the Meetup tonight at UWA - I'm exhausted after running around the city today and have to take a break (and I have a late night intensive interview, so I better err on the side of my health). If you are attending the UWA Science and the Supernatural Cafe, I hope you have a great time.A few things that additionally caught my eye today:Washington Post - Jenny McCarthy to blog about parenting for Chicago Sun-Times Some in the autism community are concerned … [Read more...]

Sir Says, ‘God created the World’ – Questions About Teaching The Controver[sies] In Schools

Recently I read a link via Twitter about allowing a homeopath to present to a group of schoolchildren and I had some doubts about the wisdom of teachers doing this - primarily because I don't know much about the context of what the students really knew about the topic (and whether their parents, and other staff members knew of the lecture, but I guess you can ask on the site) - and also because of ongoing debates about teaching claims like creationism in schools. Are they equivalent?Here's … [Read more...]

Bad Science Watch Launch Video

Toronto, ON – Monday, July 9th, 2012 – Bad Science Watch, a new Canadian science advocacy group, has issued a challenge to the Canadian government: stick to the science in the development and implementation of important policy decisions. This group will work diligently to ensure Canadians are protected from exploitation by unscrupulous organizations peddling useless and potentially harmful products and services. Bad Science Watch strives to serve as a key Canadian lobbying organisation, ded … [Read more...]

After The Storm – Edzard Ernst On Alternative And Complimentary Medicine At #6WSC12

Many thanks again to the GWUP, World Skeptics Congress and everyone involved in getting these great talks online. … [Read more...]

Alternative Cancer Treatments Bring Death To Four In Perth

From The West Australian:Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker investigated the deaths of Sandra McCarty, Pia Bosso, Sandra Kokalis, Deborah Gruber, and Carmelo Vinciullo after they all undertook the radical cancer therapy at Kathi Preston Memorial Health Centre - which operated a "clinic" out of Dr Boyd's home in 2005.Austrian doctor Hellfried Sartori was the mastermind behind the treatment, and the inquest heard he had his medical licence revoked in several states of the USA and was jailed … [Read more...]

Autism, Pseudoscience And Skepticism – Now A New Development To Watch Out For

...just on the heels of my talk about pseudoscience, education, autism, etc. in Berlin...From Forbes, Steven Salzberg - Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One: "It’s no surprise that Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield, leaders of the anti-vaccine movement, are speaking at AutismOne.  Much more surprising is the presence of Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the link between the HIV virus and AIDS.  What is he doing at this festival of pseudoscience?Well, appar … [Read more...]

Two Token Episodes For May – Thank You To All The Listeners!

Two great interviews that I'm very proud to features - one from my home town and one from Germany, where I'll be heading, very soon!You might have heard about a recently published paper that featured on Nature News: Deep Sequencing of Plant and Animal DNA Contained within Traditional Chinese Medicines Reveals Legality Issues and Health Safety Concerns. I got to speak to one of the scientists involved, Dr Mike Bunce of Murdoch University's Ancient DNA Research Laboratory!From Nature … [Read more...]

Thanks American Airlines – Anti-Vaccination Message Shot Out Of The Skies

In case you missed it on other blogs and news updates (such as the ever-dedicated Doubtful News) - a little while back, I got an alert: American Airlines have acquiesced to a 3 1/2 min AVN interview on the in-flight "Executive Report". The audio will play on 58,000 American Airline flights between July and August and the "interview" will feature in the American Way in-flight magazine. This resulted in a 2000+ signed petition (they nearly got to the goal of 2500!) over on Change.org, called "Ask A … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Critical Thinking, Alt Med And Science Communication (And Other Links)

Token Skeptic podcast, episode #113 (I can hardly believe it myself...) is out!A bonus for this episode is featured - the start of the show is by Doubtful News, a ten-minute broadcast of some of the hit weird and wonderful stories that are in the media this month. Many thanks to Sharon Hill and check out the official site at http://doubtfulnews.com. Best of all, you’ll be able to see Sharon and many others in person at the forthcoming Amazing Meeting 2012 from July 12-15th.The show also featu … [Read more...]

…And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Place Your Trust In Internet Polls (Example #9280 – Alt Med In Australian Universities)

When I announced the release of the most recent Token Skeptic podcast interview (here it is again: Episode One Hundred And Six – On Friends Of Science In Medicine – Interview With Dr Rob Morrison), I posted a picture of an internet poll that had about six or so hours to go before it closed. I didn't urge anyone to vote on it, mind - just an observation that it was clearly tending towards a "No".It clearly says: These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have c … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Friends Of Science In Medicine (And The New YouTube Star Sciency Sadie)

My latest podcast episode is now out: Episode One Hundred And Six – On Friends Of Science In Medicine – Interview With Dr Rob Morrison. I noticed a poll as to whether alternative medicine should be taught in universities, over at the Sydney Morning Herald article......I think the results are in by now though.To celebrate, you can also check out the new video series by Sciency Sadie: The Never Ending Cosmos 01 - Neil deGrasse Tyson. … [Read more...]


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