Categories
Announcements Antivaccine nonsense Autism Bad science Pseudoscience

Orac on Thinking Critically

So Orac appeared on the Thinking Critically podcast to discuss the sorts of things he often rambles on about right here on Respectful Insolence.

Categories
Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Science denial: A form of conspiracy theory

Regular readers of this blog know that many forms of quackery and science denial have conspiracy theories associated with them, but a further examination suggests that all science denial a form of conspiracy theory. In the middle of a deadly pandemic, it is a form of conspiracy theory with potentially deadly consequences.

Categories
Antivaccine nonsense Evolution Holocaust Holocaust denial Skepticism/critical thinking

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus: A legal, not scientific, principle and example of dichotomous thinking

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus (false in one thing, false in all things) is a legal principle. That doesn’t stop cranks from misusing it to cast doubt on science that they don’t like. Overall, it’s just another form of black/white dichotomous thinking.

Categories
Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine History Holocaust Holocaust denial Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking World War II

Holocaust denial from the White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

I always wondered how low Donald Trump could go. Now I know. Only I fear this is nowhere near the bottom.

Categories
Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine History Holocaust denial Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Antivaxers supported President-Elect Donald Trump. Now they want him to satisfy their demands.

If you’re a skeptic dedicated to promoting science and reason, these are scary times. My country, the United States of America, just unexpectedly elected a racist, misogynistic, conspiracy-mongering, scientific ignoramus (who, by the way, is rabidly antivaccine) as its next President thanks to the political relic known as the Electoral College. In actuality, Hillary Clinton […]