The 123rd Congregation of the Skeptics’ Circle…

The 123 Congregation of the Skeptics’ Circle will now come together over at Blue Genes, in which Simplicio is schooled in skepticism. Sort of. Go. Read. Don’t be like Simplicio. Next up to host the Skeptics’ Circle will be Beyond the Short Coat. Start getting your skeptical blogging skills wound up to participate in this […]

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The anti-vaccine movement, cranks, and “pseudo-expertise”

Over the last week or so, I’ve been confronted full bore with cranks, staring down the barrel, if you will, of a crank shotgun, one barrel being the anti-vaccine movement in general (with J.B. Handley and his misogyny being the buckshot, so to speak) and the other being Suzanne Somers and her despicable cancer quackery. […]

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Has Desiree Jennings’ VAERS report been found?

The other day, I wrote about an unfortunate young woman named Desiree Jennings, who claimed to have had a rare neurological disorder known as dystonia as a complication of being vaccinated for seasonal flu, when it appears that her condition is likely to have at least a strong psychogenic component and is unlikely to be […]

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Holocaust Denial on Trial podcast

As regular readers know, one of my interests outside of medicine is the phenomenon of Holocaust denial. Granted, I haven’t written as much about it lately as I used to, but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost interest. Actually, I think it may be because I seem to be encountering fewer and fewer major issues of […]

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Another celebrity anti-vaccine moron: Billy Corgan

Oh, hell. I actually used to like Smashing Pumpkins back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, its leader, Billy Corgan, has just revealed himself to be as medically ignorant as Jenny McCarthy in a recent blog post: If you follow some of the links I have been supplying as of late, you’ll notice many are focused on […]