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Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Evolution Intelligent design/creationism Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

What makes a physician become an antivaxer?

Even though they should know better based on their training, too many physicians embrace the dark side and become antivaccine. How does this happen? What personality traits common among physicians can facilitate a descent into pseudoscience?

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Complementary and alternative medicine Evolution Intelligent design/creationism Medicine News of the Weird Pseudoscience Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking

The marriage of creationism and antivaccinationism—literally

Believe it or not (and you probably won’t believe it), but I never intended to post today, as it’s a holiday, and I had to write my usual level post for my not-so-super-secret other blog. But then one of you had to send me this: I couldn’t resist at least a quick comment on this.

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Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Evolution Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Religion Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Most doctors are not scientists, Ben Carson paper bag edition

Early in the history of this blog, I had a running gag that I’d use every now and then. Basically, it involved humorously extravagant descriptions of how I wanted to hide my face behind a paper bag in sheer embarrassment at the antics of fellow physicians, particularly fellow surgeons. Over time, the gag evolved to […]

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Biology Complementary and alternative medicine Evolution Medicine Pseudoscience Religion Skepticism/critical thinking

Why do doctors deny evolution?

Yesterday was a long day, starting in the operating room and finishing at a dinner reception for our visiting speaker today. As a result, when I arrived home, I was sawing the proverbial logs within five or ten minutes of hitting the couch, more or less without realizing it. I was going to just skip […]

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Complementary and alternative medicine Evolution Quackery

Evolutionary selection on alternative medicine

(Orac note: I was away at Skepticon over the weekend, where I gave a talk entitled The Central Dogma of Alternative Medicine. (When the talk’s up on YouTube, I’ll provide a link, of course.) Because of all the fun and travel delays I didn’t get a chance to turn my slides and notes into a […]