JREF senior fellow, magician and scientific skeptic Jamy Ian Swiss, "The Honest Liar", presents JREF’s newest video series, aptly titled The Honest Liar. Follow Jamy as he uses critical thinking, skepticism, and a healthy dose of humor, along with his expertise in legerdemain, to explore the facts behind false claims.
In our first episode, “Money for Nothing”, Jamy punctures the pretense of homeopathy. How much is too much to pay for a remedy with nothing in it?
"How to Think about Dubious Claims" is a comprehensive, 10-hour lecture series presented by Ray Hyman, and we invite the public to attend this course at the JREF's Hollywood headquarters later this month. Smart people can act stupidly by failing to apply their intelligence wisely. This course draws lessons from scientists and smart people who went astray, and it provides a framework to help you avoid their mistakes.
Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Times, which on Monday won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing - their ninth Pulitzer. They did so by diligently following up on a topic well known to skeptics, anti-fluoridation pseudoscience and conspiracy theories.
In October 2011 the county commission of Pinellas County, Florida (part of the paper's coverage area and location of the city of St. Petersburg) voted to end fluoridation of the water supply. When it went into effect in January 2012, this anti-science decision made the county's water system one of the largest in the United States without fluoridation - affecting over 700,000 people.
Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo-woo in medicine.
The “No Compassion” Gambit (David Gorski) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/the-no-compassion-gambit/ Skeptics who question quack cancer cures and other alternative medicine beliefs are frequently accused of having no compassion for the patients. But they are the ones who are truly compassionate. Instead of offering false hopes and useless treatment regimens that diminish quality of life, skeptics offer reality and promote what is really in the patient's best interests in the long run.
Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Harriet Hall) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/adventures-on-the-alimentary-canal/ Mary Roach, a hands-on investigative reporter billed as America’s funniest science writer, has a new book out: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. It’s full of informative and entertaining vignettes about the digestive system, from historical misadventures to cutting edge science. Includes tidbits like this: men fart more but women’s farts smell worse.