Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

The Time Machine: Infections, Inductions, Ineffectualness, and Irreproducibility

As I will be knee-deep in biology tutoring in the coming two weeks, I thought it would be a good time to bring back some older articles to the front for those of you who just joined us.

If you are bored in the early weeks of December and want to nourish your mind, might I recommend the following?

– Are you standing in front of the pain reliever counter at the drugstore, wondering why there are so many of them out there? The truth is, there really aren’t that many. Read “A Few Active Ingredients to Rule Them All and In the Darkness Market Them”.

– Do you want to avoid having to shop for medication this winter? Learn one of the best ways to reduce your chance of catching a bad cold or man flu. Read “Dark, Occult Secret to Minimize Chances of Getting an Infection this Winter Revealed: Learn What Doctors Do Want You to Know”.

– Want my opinion on why so much scientific research turns out to be crap? I think a good public shaming might be just what the doctor ordered. Read “The Transparent Garbage Bag of Science or How Shaming Could Enact Change”.

– Have you heard your oncologist talk about ‘proteins’ and wondered what nutrition had to do with anticancer drugs? Read “Doc, What’s Wrong with my Proteins?”

– Can you successfully deduce what a deduction is? Was Sherlock Holmes deducing or was he… inducing? And how did two famous men come up with the theory of evolution using two completely different logical reasonings? Read “Sherlock Has His Hat on Backwards: The Evolution of Deduction and the Induction of Evolution”.

– Finally, I know it’s a long one, but if you generally buy homeopathic remedies because they are “all natural”, I would encourage you to make yourself a cup of tea, sit down, and read “Homeopathy or How to Turn Disbelief into Absurdity”. And if you’re thinking, “No, no, but it works for me!”, then you definitely need to read this.

I’ll see you all on the flip side of final exams! Allons-y!


(Feature picture by yours truly. All rights reserved.)

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