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Homeopaths ordered to stop claiming that homeopathy can treat medical conditions

Last updated: 12/10/2017

Homeopaths ordered to stop claiming that homeopathy can treat medical conditions Published Saturday 01 October 2016 Bogus claims of alternative therapists are legion, particularly

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Extremism: The Common Denominator

Last updated: 12/09/2017

Like many devout persons, I thought my religion was unique and my belief in it unshakeable. But after years of nagging questions, for which my faith could only supply feeble, uncon

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Spinal manipulation for acute low back pain, a new meta-analysis is

Last updated: 12/08/2017

The question whether spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is effective for acute low back pain is still discussed controversially. Chiropractors (they use SMT more regularly than othe

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If researchers commit scientific misconduct, acupuncture may appear effective

Last updated: 12/08/2017

The aim of this pragmatic study was “to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with allergic asthma compared to treatment with routi

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The most preposterous piece of pseudoscientific piffle of the year

Last updated: 11/21/2017

Several national organisations of sceptics give annual awards to people and institutions who do outstanding work and those who do the opposite. Later this week, I will travel to Vi

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Questioning Evolution: The Push to Change Science Class

Last updated: 11/21/2017

“Evolution Mama” is a sassy song dating back many decades, probably best played on a banjo, maybe with a kazoo in the background. “Evolution mama,” it goes, “don’t you

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The Morning Heresy: The Great Cosmic Blog - Center for Inquiry

Last updated: 11/18/2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  Today opens the high-tech shrine to Yahweh's hot bestseller, the Museu

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Feynman's Folly and Why Philosophy of Science is Important

Last updated: 11/18/2017

According to Richard Feynman, philosophy of science is for the birds. Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds. (Usually attributed to Ric

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An Interview with Guy Harrison - CSI

Last updated: 11/11/2017

Forbes columnist Steven Salzberg and author-investigator Joe Nickell will each be awarded the 2012 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, to be presented by the Committee for

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The blurred line between sense and nonsense

Last updated: 11/06/2017

As I write these words, I am travelling back from a medical conference. The organisers had invited me to give a lecture which I concluded saying: “anyone in medicine not believin

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