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Science Criticism / Science Education

No truth for science, just the quest

In Karl Popper’s seminal book, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, the Austrian philosopher of science makes the case for deductive logic in the scientific enterprise. It is a challenging read, but I want to leave you with his last three paragraphs, which are more accessible and a beauty to read. Translation by the author with assistance … Continue reading

Science Criticism

Listen: A Patient Cracking the Case of Evidence-Based Medicine

Another great episode of the CBC radio show White Coat Black Art with @NightShiftMD. Beth Daley Ullem, former case cracker at McKinsey & Company, remembers how she shopped for the right hospital to take care of her unborn son. Absolutely fascinating. All patients should have access to the data that Beth had, but that’s unfortunately not the … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism

Listen: Dr. Brian Goldman’s Soft Take on Alternative Medicine

Dr. Brian Goldman (@nightshiftmd), host of a great CBC radio show called White Coat Black Art that dares to pull back the curtain on the hidden world of medical practice, seems to be the latest victim of integrative medicine (IM). This IM movement has been gaining traction with Western physicians and medical institutions: many North American hospitals … Continue reading

Science Criticism

Read: Vitamin D, Dementia, and the Missing Link

Do low levels of vitamin D increase your risk of developing dementia? From reading recent headlines, you might think it does. But what did the scientific study actually show? HealthNewsReview.org is a great resource to help separate facts from hype, and they most recently tackled the erroneous reporting that low levels of vitamin D cause dementia. Correlation, … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Education

Read: The Food Babe’s Friends… and Critics

If you listen to my podcast, Within Reason, you know my thoughts on Vani Hari’s crusade against ingredients whose  names she can’t pronounce. On her blog, FoodBabe.com, she regularly commits logical fallacies in her attempt to “educate” the public on what constitutes healthy food. Kathleen Purvis of the Charlotte Observer recently wrote a fairly lengthy article addressing the … Continue reading