Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

CAM usage and vaccination status

I’ve often discussed how potentially misleading anecdotal evidence and experience can be. Indeed, I’ve managed to get into quite a few–shall we say?–heated discussions with a certain woo-friendly pediatrician, who, so confident in his own clinical judgment, just can’t accept that his own personal clinical observations could be wrong or even horribly mislead him. Sadly, […]


It’s almost here: The 120th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Lengend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. Or something. What I do know is that the Wheel has turned once again and a new meeting of the Skeptics’ […]

Announcements Blogging Medicine Science

Science-Based Medicine is down…again

Given how many of you read this blog and Science-Based Medicine, I thought I should make an announcement. Sometime this morning or early this afternoon, the Science-Based Medicine blog went down, returning only a cryptic message saying that the site has been “suspended.” This is the second time it’s gone completely down, the first being […]

Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Entertainment/culture Medicine Quackery Television

Is Bill Maher really that ignorant? (part IV): Bill loves him some cancer quackery

I’ve asked at least three times on this blog, “Is Bill Maher that ignorant?” The first time was four and a half years ago, when, in a fit of germ theory denialism, Maher proclaimed erroneously that Louis Pasteur had “recanted” on his deathbed, while spewing nonsense hither and yon about how disease isn’t primarily caused […]

Entertainment/culture Humor Movies Skepticism/critical thinking

“It had to be a controlled demolition! Palpatine must have known!”

Three Imperial stormtroopers discuss the destruction of the Death Star on the first anniversary of its exploding: Of course Palpatine must have known! The logic is inescapable. Why else would Darth Vader have been in his Tie fighter and not in the Death Star when Luke Skywalker blew it to kingdom come? Personally, I always […]