Climate Change

Climate Change or Global Warming? The terms “climate change” and “global warming” tend to be used interchangeably. This can create confusion and misunderstanding. While the underlying general warming is increasing
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1080 – What’s all the Fuss?

The 2009 Bent Spoon Award went to the anti-1080 “Poisoning Paradise” film, which engendered a great deal of response, some of it valedictory, some of it vituperative. More on the
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Acupuncture

If acupressure works without puncturing a patient, is it not then unethical for an acupuncturist to use invasive and potentially dangerous needles? The US National Council Against Health Fraud has
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Echinacea

As with many herbs, it is unsettled whether echinacea is useful. Also, many herbal products are not standardized as to what is in them, so even if something is useful,
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Friday the 13th

Things to do Next time Friday the 13th rolls around, keep a journal for a week beforehand and a week afterwards noting incidents you think represent good luck and bad
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Magnetic Therapy Products

Anyone looking for a health enhancing effect from a shoe magnet might just as well put the fortune from a Chinese fortune cookie in their shoe. It will be equally
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Channeling

Penny Torres was, before her decision to become a channeller, a housewife from Los Angeles. The “wisdom” she offers to her followers is precisely what one would expect from such
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Colloidal Silver

I thought the [colloidal silver] promoters were ignorant people who had made a terrible mistake, but when I contacted several of them and discovered that they were not interested in
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Homeopathy

If homeopathy works, then obviously the less you use it, the stronger it gets. So the best way to apply homeopathy is to not use it at all. Phil Plait
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Psychics

If there was something to psychics tapping into some form of spiritual after-life, or even a mass consciousness that extruded back from the future, then anyone with a pinch of
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Psychics and the Police

Sensing Murder might be the most important TV show of our times. It all boils down to this: the show is either a colossal fraud, an entertainment conspiracy the size
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Astrology

Things to do Read out the horoscope for the wrong sign and see if your listener agrees with it. If you do get a personal astrological interpretation, tape it and
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UFOs and Aliens

Things to do Try faking a UFO photograph and show it to friends to see their reaction. Spend an evening near an airport and watch the lights in the sky
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Critical Thinking

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. Richard Feynman Just because Einstein was controversial does not mean that anyone
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Medium Checklist

Barnum Statements (generalisations) e.g. “You feel you have unfulfilled potential.” Rainbow Statements (covering both ends) e.g. “You are generous but sometimes selfish.” Vanishing Negative (getting it right either way) e.g.
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Intelligent Design

Further reading Robert T. Pennock. Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism Robert T. Pennock (editor). Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics Kenneth Miller. Finding Darwin’s God: A
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NeuroLinguistic Programming

Sitting cross-armed at a meeting might not mean that someone is “blocking you out” or “getting defensive”. She may just be cold or have a backache or simply feel comfortable
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Bee Products

Those who claim bee pollen cures or alleviates any illness or produces therapeutic benefit are promoting the product as a drug. Recently FDA asked that all shipments of a particular
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Biodynamic Farming

If we are going to fund and put into place agricultural or pest control practices, it is important to ensure that they are clearly proven to work. Author Vicki Hyde
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Creation Science

Scientific creationism is a grotesque parody of human thought and a downright misuse of human intelligence. In short, to the believer, it is an insult to God. Michael Ruse Many
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