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Science versus pseudoscience

I know this one’s been floating around the blogosphere for a while, but it finally made its way to me at a time when I needed something lighthearted and amusing (warning: some profanity and at least one use of the “F” word):

Best quotes:

“Well, science doesn’t know everything.” Well, science knows it doesn’t know anything, otherwise it would stop … But just because science doesn’t know everything doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairytale most appeals to you.”

…”nutritionist” isn’t a protected term. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. “Dietitician” is the legally protected term. “Dietician” is like dentist, and “nutritionist” is like tootheologist.”

“I’m sorry if you’re into homeopathy. It’s water. How often does it need to be said? It’s just water. You’re healing yourself. Why don’t you give yourself the credit?

I just wish more comics did routines like this. Sometimes humor can get the message through where analysis can’t.

Posted in: Health Fraud, Homeopathy, Humor, Science and Medicine, Science and the Media

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10 thoughts on “Science versus pseudoscience

  1. iamthebrillo says:

    “Oh, herbal medicine’s been around for thousands of years…” Indeed it has. And then we tested it all. And the stuff that worked became “medicine”

    Awesome… I’m stealing that.

  2. anselm says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but who is the guy in the video?

  3. Hey David,

    You say you wished more comics did routines like this, but I’d like to point out that there is much more of this good stuff out there.

    To pool all of it together, I’ve just started up a blog, on “skepticism meets comedy”.

    I felt there was a need for a resource like this – I read a post from Steve a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve heard other skeptics comment on the value of comedy to spreading skepticism.

    Anyway, I’d really love to know what you think about the site. As I said, I’ve just started it so any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    The address is http://www.thelaughingskeptic.com

    Thanks,

    Steve

  4. TBRech says:

    I have stumbled upon this site because of Quackcast. This routine was awesome. Visited the laughing skeptic site, too. I think I will have to limit my time online since finding these sites. If I laugh too loud, my dog barks at me. Now, I can’t hear myself think! ;-D

  5. jan.eerdekens says:

    @anselm: it’s an Irish comedian named Dara Ó Briain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dara_%C3%93_Briain

  6. caoimh says:

    The comedian is Dara O Briain.

    Irish guy, former physics student.

  7. I didn’t realise he studied physics! Wondered what brought him to such a vocal pro-science viewpoint.

    Glad you liked my site. I have one other video with Dara, this time talking about creationists: http://thelaughingskeptic.com/2009/08/19/dara-obriain-on-creationism/

  8. Tsuken says:

    So. Much. Win. :-D

    Thank you sooooo very much for posting that. I went onto youtube and lmao over a few more Dara vids. Great stuff.

  9. The Blind Watchmaker says:

    Thanks Dave and thanks LaughingSkeptic. I bookmarked your site.

    Got to put a plug in for the SGU folks. It’s not medical, but skeptically topical.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT08iSM6NOY

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