Pseudoscience and science – alternative medicine is bullshit

Editor's note: This article combines elements of several articles about pseudoscience published in 2012 and 2013. It's been revised to include some newer information and split into several parts to improve readability. See Part 1 here. This is part 2 of the Pseudoscience and science series. Pseudoscience and science – the former…

Deadly viruses

The original infographic had a glaring error that I missed. It also had a potentially confusing bit of information. Although someone with a critical mind would quickly figure it out, I don't think I should be pushing out an infographic that has glaring inaccuracies. I've contacted the author to correct,…

The long history of the antivaccination movement–plus their theme song

[caption id="attachment_1490" align="alignright" width="217"] The rousing anti-vaccination hymn.[/caption] This week was a bit depressing to be pro science (and by association, pro-vaccine). As I discussed, Katie Couric employed the full false balance fallacy to the extreme to try to "prove" that the Gardasil vaccine was somehow dangerous, based on the…

Vaccine deniers use logical fallacies to prove superiority

[caption id="attachment_4816" align="alignright" width="300"] The natural immunity fallacy.[/caption] I frequently employ the term Logical Fallacy to demonstrate a logical or rational failure of a particular argument, especially those who adhere to anti-science or even pseudoscience points of view, like antivaccinationists. Logical fallacies are used to win arguments, despite the merits of…

How vaccines have reduced diseases in one easy graphic

[caption id="attachment_3732" align="alignnone" width="600"] Information graphic on the results of vaccine use in the United States from Leon Farrant, 2013.[/caption] If there was any doubt about the success of vaccines this graphic shows it clearly. We can eliminate confounding variables such as improved sanitation, since many of these diseases (if…

The history of the anti-vaccination movement, includes a theme song

[caption id="attachment_1490" align="alignright" width="217"] The rousing anti-vaccination hymn.[/caption] Sometimes I run across articles and posts just because someone I follow on Twitter or Facebook will post a link that I happen to catch.  Of course, I miss about 95% of what's posted because I just don't have the time to…