Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Motivated reasoning and the anti-vaccine movement

One theme that I keep revisiting again and again is not so much a question of the science behind medical therapies (although certainly I do discuss that issue arguably more than any other) but rather a question of why. Why is it that so many people cling so tenaciously to pseudoscience, quackery, and, frequently, conspiracy […]

Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking

The Internet as anti-vaccine tool

It’s official now. The U.S. is on track to accumulate more cases of measles than it has seen in a decade: The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there’s a […]

Science Skepticism/critical thinking

The best ten minute summing up of a scientific consensus I’ve seen in a long time

I see I’ve managed to attract another anthropogenic global warming denialist in the comments again, I figured that now is as good a time as any to post this video. True, it’s over a year old, but it does as good a job of describing the multiple interlocking strands of evidence supporting the concept that […]

Medicine Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Progress mixed with hype in personalized medicine

“Personalized medicine.” You’ve probably heard the term. It’s a bit of a buzzword these days and refers to a vision of future medicine in which therapies are much more tightly tailored to individual patients than they currently are. That’s not to say that as physicians we haven’t practiced personalized medicine before; certainly we have. However […]

Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Politics Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Birthers and the anti-vaccine movement: A brief interlude

Here’s a brief one for you all. Former UPI editor and now editor of the anti-vaccine crank blog Age of Autism has a talent for incredibly un-self-aware statements. This time around, in the wake of President Obama’s having released his “long form” birth certificate, ol’ Danny Boy posted a quickie statement (in amongst a bunch […]