Logical fallacies – debunking pseudoscience

Logical fallacies are essentially errors of reasoning in making an argument – identifying them is an excellent tool in debunking pseudoscience and other junk science. When logically fallacious arguments are used, usually based on bad reasoning to support a position (or to try to convince someone to adopt the same position), it is considered a…

Arguments that GMO opponents should delete from their brains

From my perspective as a trained scientist, skeptic and observer of political debates, there are four scientific issues that have wandered into the realm of political debate: evolution, climate change, vaccines and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) generally with regards to food and agriculture. Evolution and human caused climate change (or…

The anti-GMO bad science checklist

This article is a substantial update of the original one published last year.  One of my favorite science websites is at Science or Not, the author of which, Graham Coghill, claims that "this website will help you separate real science from nonsense that’s masquerading as science." Most real scientific skeptics have that goal,…

Antievolution legislation update–2013 review. And we love Kansas.

This is an update of the post about antievolution legislation posted on 28 May, 2013. The 2013 state legislative sessions are either coming to a conclusion or have adjourned.  After a relatively unsuccessful 2012 legislative year (with the notable exception of Tennessee's Monkey Bill), the conservative Republicans decided to try to…
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