Four “Facts” I Learned at the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Four “Facts” I Learned at the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium

The 2013 edition of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium is now over. It was quite the whirlwind for me (for reasons that will become clear in the coming weeks). I met some amazing people, learned a lot about common scientific misconceptions, and felt a certain relief at being surrounded by a large group of … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Read: Joe Schwarcz on Why Not All Facts Are Created Equal

As a prelude to this year’s Lorne Trottier Symposium on Public Science, I encourage you to take a look at Joe Schwarcz’s latest article in The Montreal Gazette. Here’s an excerpt: “In science we don’t cherry pick. We shake the tree, collect all the cherries, mash them together and then taste. And that’s just what … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

Read: The Dangers of Pseudoscience by Pigliucci and Boudry

Via @picardonhealth, I just wanted to quickly point out a really solid article by Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry entitled “The Dangers of Pseudoscience”. Here’s an excerpt: “Still, one may reasonably object, what’s the harm in believing in Qi and related notions, if in fact the proposed remedies seem to help? Well, setting aside the … Continue reading

“Quantum” of Solace: Quakery’s Tell
Pseudoscience

“Quantum” of Solace: Quakery’s Tell

Many of you who are starting to become aware of this “shadow-world” of pseudoscience and alternative medicine quackery may be wondering how John Q. Public and Jane Q. Taxpayer can indeed separate the wheat from the chaff. Reading about real science and medicine from credible sources (science or healthcare professionals and avowed skeptics like Steven … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Education

I’ve Got Nothing to Lose by Trying It, Right?

If you are suffering from an illness that leaves you feeling powerless, or if you know someone who is, and you’ve considered trying something outside the medical system, thinking “I’ve got nothing to lose by trying it”, the following document is required reading: I’ve Got Nothing to Lose by Trying It Booklet It’s a short … Continue reading