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A. Picazo: Re: Death By Pseudoscience – The Misinformation Campaign

First, a quick review of the facts: David and Collet Stephan are on trial for failing to provide the necessaries of life — for failing to seek medical care for their son in a reasonably prudent time/manner. They are NOT on trial for murder or manslau… . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Re: Death By Pseudoscience – The Misinformation Campaign

A. Picazo: Legitimizing Pseudoscience: What’s The Harm?

This column ran in The National Post on March 24, 2016. After weeks of trying “natural” extracts and homemade remedies like smoothies cut with ginger root and horseradish to cure a suspected case of meningitis, 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan’s … . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Legitimizing Pseudoscience: What’s The Harm?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Extraordinary Claims

As the poster for the Centre for Inquiry notes, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It’s a popular catchphrase for the skeptical movement, but should be an intellectual policy for everyone. Regardless of what is being claimed, it requires evidence at the same level of the claim. Anecdote is not evidence, please note, especially personal anecdote . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Extraordinary Claims

Death By Trolley: What does it mean to be openminded?

A few weeks ago I was considering going to a dinner party called “Conscious Collective Gatherings: Non-Denominational Conversation”. It sounded pretty new age hippie-esque, which is totally not me, but I figured “hey, I might meet a few people there that are intellectually curious and not necessarily the left-wing equivalents of young earth creationists”.

Since . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: What does it mean to be openminded?

Five of Five: Rebecca Watson on Harassment

Rebecca Watson speaking at the Humanists of Florida 2012 Conference. The talk discusses sexism, harassment and threats directed towards many visible women in the atheist and skeptic communities. Youtube comment threads are one of the last warm re… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Rebecca Watson on Harassment

On the riddles of induction.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Are You a Climate Change “Denier”?

Did you know that according to some folks, if you accept the scientific premise of climate change but happen to disagree with the fatuous and practically ineffective approaches to mitigating its effects by present means of harmful economic tinkering (mostly for political effect), you are now considered to be a “denier”?

I used . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Are You a Climate Change “Denier”?

On ethotic arguments.

On belief and the unprovable.

On reducing risk.

On the (alleged) effects of strikes.

On crime.

A. Picazo: Facts Matter In The Debate Over Water Fluoridation

It’s known as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century; a “classic example of clinical observation leading to epidemiological investigation and community-based public health intervention;” Remaining “the most equitable and cost-effective method of delivering [health benefits] to all members of most communities, regardless of age, educational attainment, or income level.” . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Facts Matter In The Debate Over Water Fluoridation