Vaccine open-mindedness – confessions of a science nerd

Sometimes a reasonably intelligent anti-vaccine troll will show up to an internet discussion. Although they're filled with various logical fallacies, like cherry picking, they will often say "you should be open-minded about vaccines causing autism." The thing is my vaccine open-mindedness is the precise definition of what should be open-minded.…

Correlation does not imply causation – except when it does.

One of the central tenets of the pro-vaccine world is that correlation does not imply causation – but it is misused and frequently abused by many writers. We, the pro-science/pro-vaccine world, dismiss correlation, if real correlation can be shown, as robust evidence indicative of any causal relationship. Conflating causation and…

Study concludes that homeopathy cures tonsillitis–probably not

Here we go again. "Researchers" trying to show that a pseudoscientific concept is real medicine, but failing so badly that only true believers would qualify it as real "evidence." In this case, homeopaths from the Department of Homeopathy at the University of Johannesburg (seriously, a Department of Homeopathy?) in South Africa recently…