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Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

It’s a strange world, after all: Orac vs. The Shat and fake news over…Autism Speaks?

Orac is attacked by Capt. Kirk using fake news over the course of several days. Truly, it is a strange world.

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Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Science fiction/fantasy Skepticism/critical thinking

Oh, myyyy! George Takei falls for a Zika virus conspiracy theory

It really sucks when a celebrity you like and admire screws up. Before social media, you might never have known whether stars were prone to bouts of excessive credulity when it comes to medicine, conspiracy theories, the paranormal, or whatever. Twenty years ago, for instance, few might ever have known that Jenny McCarthy was into […]

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History Medicine Surgery Television

Medicine of the past versus the present: Star Trek versus The Knick

Regular readers know that I’ve been a big Star Trek geek (more or less) ever since I first discovered reruns of the original Star Trek episodes in the 1970s, having been too young (but not by much!) to have caught the show during its original 1966-1969 run. True, my interest waxed and waned through the […]

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