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Inflammation causes depression?

January 18, 2012

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Dateline: 4 December 2011 // Posted by: Claire Mc Callion (@ClaireMcCallion) Source: Huffington Post Story: “Inflammation causes depression?” Summary: This article by Dr Andrew Weil was recently published on the widely read news blog ‘The Huffington Post’. Dr Weil’s website quotes itself as being ‘the premier resource for timely, trustworthy information on natural health and wellness, based on […]

Evidence? In your dreams…

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 11 November 2011 // Posted by: Joanne O’Sullivan Source: The Sun Story: “Why girls have more nightmares” Summary: According to columnist Dr Pam Spurr, women have “wilder” dreams than their male counterparts and suffer more nightmares than men. This is supposedly due to particular female hormones which during the menstrual cycle cause body temperature changes which […]

Do phones make you sick?

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 9 September 2011 // Posted by: Aine Connaire Source: Daily Mail Story: “Mobile Phones could be ‘health time bomb’: More than 200 academic studies link use with serious illnesses” Summary: The article describes a recently published report which alleges that the British Government is underplaying the potentially huge health risks posed by mobile phones, especially to […]

Singularly speculative

November 28, 2011

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Dateline: 12 October 2011 // Posted by: AHJOConnell Source: Forbes Story: “Ray Kurzweil On The Future Of Innovation At Singularity University” Summary: The article tells of Ray Kurzweil speaking to a group of his students at the singularity university in Silicon Valley, California. He is talking about the great strides that have been made in technology […]

Are ghosts “all in the mind”?

November 28, 2011

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Dateline: 2 November 2011 // Posted by: Aware521 Source: Daily Mail, BBC News, and more. Story: “Do Ghosts Exist or is it ‘All in the Mind?’” Summary: In May of 2003, the BBC reported on research by psychologists from the UK who examined the reports of over 600 volunteers at two of the UK’s most haunted […]

Lest we forget…a pill that deletes bad memories?

October 21, 2011

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Dateline: 4 October 2011 // Posted by: Miriam Ondarre Source: Daily Mail Story: “Pill that can wipe away bad memories?” Summary: Scientists have discovered a protein within the mice brains that might be essential in the memory storing process. This protein responsible for the amount of memories we store in our brains is called lipocalin-2. Apparently, […]

Science vs. Pseudoscience

September 28, 2011

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The task of distinguishing science from pseudoscience is known as the demarcation problem. It is not altogether straightforward, because the boundaries within which “science” is defined are themselves vague. However, most philosophers of science agree that the following notions represent relatively good distinctions. I am separating them here into two categories: “differences of principle” (which refer to epistemological issues, […]

Subtle media pseudoscience

September 5, 2011

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Yes — there is pseudoscience in mainstream media. Sometimes it relates to out-and-out crazy stuff that most people would acknowledge is extremely questionable. But sometimes it relates to iffy (even fishy) science presented as unequivocal fact in media outlets that should really be more critical. This example is from The Irish Times. You can read […]

Unsubtle media pseudoscience

September 5, 2011

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Sometimes the media’s coverage of pseudoscience relates to extravagantly unscientific subject matter. It is often difficult to know if such media are genuinely covering the story as if it were true, or whether they are presenting the material essentially for entertainment purposes. Coverage of UFO visitations is a case in point. Does The Sun really believe […]

What is ‘pseudoscience’?

September 5, 2011

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[For further information about the above image, see here.] The following explanation of pseudoscience is adapted from Hughes, B. M. (2011). Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. Harlow: Prentice Hall. Pseudoscience. A practice that has the superficial appearance of a science but which fails to meet the quality standards normally required of sciences. See also: http://www.skepdic.com/pseudosc.html

What is ‘skepticism’?

September 5, 2011

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[For further information about the above image, see here.] The following explanation of skepticism is adapted from Hughes, B. M. (2011). Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. Harlow: Prentice Hall. In science, skepticism is the view that it is reasonable to question and/or investigate any assertion purporting to describe factual information. In this context, skeptics do not accept claims to knowledge […]