Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments …and Their Rebuttals
Supporters of alternative medicine and purveyors of quack remedies love to criticize conventional medicine and science. They keep repeating the same tired arguments that are easily rebutted. This handy guide will help skeptics answer common criticisms from doctor-bashers.
Sweet Science of Seduction or Scam? Evaluating eHarmony
The popular online dating site eHarmony claims that its matching methods are both successful and scientific. But a closer look at the evidence suggests otherwise.
Video Game Violence and Pseudoscience: Bad Science, Fear, and Politics
Research continues to find that violent video games play a negligible role in societal violence. But the politics of a culture war won’t let the idea go.
Dr. Phil and the Hummingbird
A medium made a seemingly impressive guess about a hummingbird on a national television talk show. A follow-up investigation finds it not so striking after all—for the birds, in fact.
Some Popular Global Warming Factoids
Norman Mailer coined the word factoids to describe facts that have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, but once they do appear they are accepted without question. Some global warming deniers are especially fond of them.
Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens
Research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that specific psychological processes contributed directly to the maintenance of paranormal apocalyptic beliefs, even after the apocalypse did not occur.