All Non-Apologies

A while back, NPR had a piece on why people refuse to apologize:In a recent paper, researchers Tyler G. Okimoto, Michael Wenzel and Kyli Hedrick reported on what they've found happens in people's minds when they refuse to apologize. They find that parents who tell their kids that saying sorry will make them feel better have been telling kids the truth — but not the whole truth."We do find that apologies do make apologizers feel better, but the interesting thing is that refusals to a … [Read more...]

Time Magazine’s April Fools Joke

Here's the most recent cover of the magazine that Rob Bell calls "a mainstream, credible magazine," and thus a periodical of record for science journalism:Seth Mnookin, co-director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing, is not impressed:Which, of course, is completely, utterly, inarguably false. The roughly 580,000 Americans who will die this year from cancer know the reality all too well. For some context, that’s more people than will die from chronic lower respiratory d … [Read more...]

The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Chrispian Jago at The Reason Stick, famous for his Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense, now attempts to show the interrelation of pseudo-scientific and pseudo-medical nonsense through a venn diagram:Click twice to embiggen. … [Read more...]

It’s Probably Quantum …

Our friend Scott Bailey found this, which set him off on a rant about New Age hucksters:Oh dear ...Your pet may appear healthy but a vast majority of "healthy looking" pets are actually infected with parasites and other infections that do not manifest themselves until they overwhelm the pet and the pet finally appears "sick". Sometimes, by then, it is too late and euthanasia is recommended to end your beloved pet's suffering. Often your vet bill becomes so high because the medical … [Read more...]

V for Vaccine

This slightly NSFW video lays out the statistics involved in vaccination and autism, and why you should consider getting your children vaccinated even if the Anti-vax side were correct: in Millard Fillmore's Bathtub. … [Read more...]