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  • Pseudoscience North: What’s happening to the University of Toronto? (130)
    • Sawyer { Strov you’re only proving my point. Plate tectonics, which is widely recognized to be one of the LONGEST rejected ideas in the world of modern… } – Mar 01, 11:40 AM
    • Windriven { “Alfred Wegener’s 1923 theory was mocked … until shown to have merit in the 1950s.” So what??? Science works. Sometimes it doesn’t embrace radical new… } – Mar 01, 11:28 AM
    • Strovenovus { Nothing to see here, huh? Pretending that CAM is a definitional problem or that the matter has been definitively resolved sidestep the real problem, loss… } – Mar 01, 11:27 AM
    • MadisonMD { And as for Madison MDs contention that an example of “ancient wisdom” would somehow be more persuasive … uh, is that because the scientific method… } – Mar 01, 11:08 AM
    • Strovenovus { Alfred Wegener’s 1923 theory was mocked … until shown to have merit in the 1950s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Wegener And as for Madison MDs contention that an example… } – Mar 01, 10:58 AM
  • How not to report about vaccine safety issues, Toronto Star edition (226)
    • Chris { weing: ” You need to examine the evidence. If the evidence is extraordinary, the scientific consensus will have to change.” And if the claim is… } – Mar 01, 10:52 AM
    • weing { “If we simply disregard anything that challenges the status quo, and validate this by ‘deferral to the experts’, then we are at that point no… } – Mar 01, 10:27 AM
    • Windriven { “I am trying to say even if one thinks they are on the right side of a debate, it goes against what it means to… } – Mar 01, 10:27 AM
    • Skeptics' Skeptic { -“Because I have repeatedly felt that true skepticism doesn’t seem to be tolerated here; only ‘skepticism’ that aligns with YOUR views. I am not saying… } – Mar 01, 9:24 AM
    • Nell on Wheels { It was a great time in my life, and the friendships I formed there have lasted to this day. I knew nothing about G&S before… } – Feb 28, 3:08 PM
  • Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing (92)
    • Dennis Weyland { It seems utterly stupid to me to ban a procedure just because it is not used in a correct/honest way. To me it is just… } – Mar 01, 9:46 AM
    • NorEastern { One of the fundamental problems with psychological research is small sample size. p-values should are most robust when sample size approaches infinity. I am in… } – Feb 28, 5:36 PM
    • Gerard { Banning p-values is not needed. Scientists, referees and journal editors should show some more critical thinking. I teach econometrics and apply my T^3 rule: Think,… } – Feb 28, 12:11 PM
    • Fran Urbano { This article is a compilation of Bayesian misinformation and ignorance spread by non-expert in the field (psychologists and the like). P-values and NHST have no… } – Feb 28, 4:44 AM
    • Michael { YES!!!! Replication is the key. You cannot reach a scientific consensus based on the results of a single study regardless of your statistical choices. } – Feb 28, 12:42 AM
  • The Straw Protocol: A Chiropractor’s Aggressively Promoted Neuropathy Treatment (15)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { There are medications used for neuropathy that leave much to be desired. Drug companies provide “educational seminars” to push their often ineffective and side effect… } – Mar 01, 9:21 AM
    • Stephen H { I guessed wrong:(. It certainly gives me the impression that they think (or rather, want to claim that) their CD is worth $249. } – Feb 28, 10:29 PM
    • Dave Munson { As I point out to my students, one major problem with anecdotal evidence is that you are only hearing the stories the promoter wants you… } – Feb 28, 8:46 PM
    • William M. London { The second notice I received indicates $249 as the fee for the diagnostic exam and consultation. } – Feb 28, 2:08 PM
    • Henry Madison { Bob, Thanks for your reply. Perhaps it would have been better to cite this: (http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124) I guess what I am getting at is that there… } – Feb 28, 7:30 AM
  • Placebo, Are You There? (35)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { These types of trials are used in some studies, but it increases the cost of the trial considerably to try to get meaningful results that… } – Mar 01, 8:36 AM
    • Andrew { Just thinking out loud, but I wonder how a randomised crossover trial could affect results. There are more possibilities: 1. Treatment before crossover, placebo after… } – Mar 01, 5:33 AM
    • Andrew { As with the above comments, I would like to see much more focus examining reporting biases vs measurable physiological effects. If this psychological conditioning leads… } – Mar 01, 4:41 AM
    • PMoran { “– nothing being there.” Firstly, even Hrobjartsson allows that his studies don’t rule out significant placebo responses. Secondly, you can only claim to be measuring… } – Feb 28, 9:24 PM
  • Facing Decline and Death (58)
    • Hans Dybka { My mother was afflicted with mental illness throughout her life. One of the few things that she communicated to me was that no extra efforts… } – Feb 28, 11:15 PM
  • Glucosamine Update (160)
    • erik1986 { It was at least 10 years ago, and I believe it was a British study. I was researching because I was, and remain, skeptical. I… } – Feb 28, 8:15 PM
    • Harriet Hall { “Most vets” may recommend C and G for horses, but our own Dr. Ramey is skeptical. I couldn’t find the study you describe. I did… } – Feb 28, 12:08 PM
    • MadisonMD { citation needed } – Feb 28, 8:06 AM
    • erik1986 { Chondroitin and glucosamine have been used extensively in horses. Initially, the success reported was pretty much anecdotal, but while I can’t find it at present,… } – Feb 28, 1:26 AM
  • The Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking (71)
    • Anonymous Coward { One of the reasons non-drinkers fare worse than moderate drinkers in some studies is that the category of non-drinkers also includes ex-drinkers. Ex-drinkers are known… } – Feb 28, 7:51 PM
  • SSPE: A Deadly and Not-That-Rare Complication of Measles (34)
    • DfJo { A big thanks to Jimmy Kimmel. Feb. 27 posted up his video supporting vaccination. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgpfNScEd3M } – Feb 28, 7:39 PM
    • Johanna { One of the many, many problems with your idea that no one has pointed out yet is that vaccines are not 100% effective. Two MMR… } – Feb 28, 7:36 PM
    • Science Mom { Furthermore Downpak, nearly every single if not every single measles outbreak has been caused by a USian travelling to an endemic area and bringing it… } – Feb 28, 5:43 PM
    • weing { “Loudermilk was recently named to the Science, Space and Technology Committee.” America’s answer to Lysenko through the mists of time. We shall see how far… } – Feb 28, 4:18 PM
    • GrahamH { 6 to 8 years after an illness, science can be used to determine a direct causative link to effects not immediately evident to be connected… } – Feb 28, 3:23 PM
  • Special thanks to Dr Andrey Pavlov (27)
    • PMoran { Andrey I am sure that that quote from me was explaining why integrative medicine would be a safer way of permitting patients some use of… } – Feb 28, 6:17 PM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { You and most of you all here assume that SBM is flawless and infallible. and have a blind eye to all the poor clinical outcomes…. } – Feb 28, 6:05 PM
    • PMoran { “So tell us Peter, how does the relationship you perceive with CAM work? What are the practicalities? How do you ensure quality control? How do… } – Feb 28, 4:36 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { some random computer error so I wasn’t able to leave the other pearl of wisdom from Peter…. So there is no misunderstanding, I believe that… } – Feb 27, 6:12 PM
  • NECSS and SfSBM: A weekend of science and skepticism (2)
    • Travis { Not related to this thread specifically (maybe this can be moved somewhere or I could just be emailed?) but I was wondering if This book… } – Feb 28, 5:57 PM
  • The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an antivaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy (647)
    • Matthew Rollosson { I didn’t realize my blog was being read by an antivaccine celebrity. I’m flattered. See comments: http://fullyvaccinated.blogspot.com/2015/02/measles-deaths-united-states-1999-2013.html } – Feb 28, 12:51 PM
  • The Hippocrates Health Institute: Cancer quackery finally under the spotlight, but will it matter? (144)
    • AJB { ..and that is TheTruth. } – Feb 28, 12:24 PM
    • David Drummond { Moron of the week nomination………….. The truth, (can you get a more ironic name) } – Feb 28, 12:09 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I don’t know what it’s made out of, but it’s definitely the house that lies built. } – Feb 27, 9:04 PM
  • Searching for the supplement in your supplement (139)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Assuming the USP label isn’t forged outright. And that still doesn’t change the fact that even if the supplement inside the bottle matches the label,… } – Feb 28, 9:12 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Stop leaving empty comments in a pathetic attempt to drive traffic to your pseudoscientific website. } – Feb 28, 9:09 AM
  • Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine Hodgepodge (261)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Coherence seems notably foreign to your worldview. } – Feb 28, 9:06 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Let a true open free market with the proper checks and balances flourish and I’ll bet the entire landscape of medicine will change for the… } – Feb 28, 9:03 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { So money is the primary issue??Do you charge your patients for sticking them with needles? Sounds like money is an issue for you. You all… } – Feb 27, 9:35 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Truth needs no proof!!!Um…yes it does. The unique thing about a true fact is that consistent tests will result in consistent results. The truth is… } – Feb 27, 9:28 PM
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